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For the Record: Covid-19 Hospitalizations, Fatalities

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Covid-19 related current hospitalizations are up; administratively defined fatalities are up slightly. However the pattern displayed in figure 1 is unsettling (a rejoinder to all those folks who think hospitalization is falling, and think cases rising is merely a reflection of more testing; e.g., here). Figure 1: Hospitalizations associated with Covid-19 (blue, left scale), and fatalities due to Covid-19 (red, right scale), both 7 day trailing moving averages. Source: Covid Tracking Project, accessed 10/10/2020, and author’s calculations.

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Covid-19 related current hospitalizations are up; administratively defined fatalities are up slightly. However the pattern displayed in figure 1 is unsettling (a rejoinder to all those folks who think hospitalization is falling, and think cases rising is merely a reflection of more testing; e.g., here).

Figure 1: Hospitalizations associated with Covid-19 (blue, left scale), and fatalities due to Covid-19 (red, right scale), both 7 day trailing moving averages. Source: Covid Tracking Project, accessed 10/10/2020, and author’s calculations.

Menzie Chinn
He is Professor of Public Affairs and Economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison

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