Covid-19 Hospitalizations Are on the Rise — Here’s What You Should Know (Part 1)

How to break down the raw numbers like a pro

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A chart showing the total number of U.S. persons hospitalized with COVID-19 by date.
A chart showing the total number of U.S. persons hospitalized with COVID-19 by date.
A chart showing the total number of U.S. persons hospitalized with COVID-19 by date. (Chart by The COVID Tracking Project)

Looking at raw data: how health data experts think about the number of Covid-19 hospitalizations

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Risk of hospitalization for COVID-19 patients varies by age (Chart by CDC)

The number of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 is not a meaningful measure on its own — it needs context.

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Average number of new cases and hospitalizations for the state of Florida. (source: Jason L. Salemi, PhD of www.COVID19Florida.strikingly.com)
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Hospital length of stay (LOS) decreased between March and July across the state of Colorado. (Source: Colorado Hospital Association)

If the way doctors manage hospitalized Covid-19 patients has improved over time, then the data should reflect that — and it does.

Key takeaways

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COVID-19 data guru | health data whisperer | co-founder of codersagainstcovid.org | Instructor at Stanford Anesthesia | firm believer that Black Lives Matter

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