Throughout the course of the pandemic, Population Council researchers have been tracking how COVID-19 data is reported and analyzed using a comprehensive analysis of 62 COVID-19 data sources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health departments across 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC), and ten cities. We assessed data completeness for COVID-19 testing and four outcomes (cases, hospitalizations, recoveries, and deaths), and examined disaggregation of COVID-19 testing and outcomes by a core set of demographic indicators, including age, race/ethnicity, sex/gender, geography, and underlying health conditions. This analysis also investigated how social and community level data were reported and analyzed, variations in data reporting, and changes over the course of the pandemic by comparing data across three time points: May, August and December, 2020.
Brasseux, Charlotte, Saleh Abbas, Mingqi Song, and Thoai Ngo. 2021. "Tracking COVID-19 data reporting and analysis in the United States: Findings from December, August, and May 2020." New York: Population Council.
Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic