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Corona virus and healthcare in the United States

Healthcare in the United States

Healthcare in the United States is rather above average in a worldwide comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment this age in the United States is 76.1 years for men and 81.1 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 6.0 years lower (men: 70.4 / women: 74.9 years).

In total, the sum of 10,623.85 USD is spent per year and inhabitant. This corresponds to approximately 16.9% of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,110.84 USD (~ 9.8% of the respective GDP).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in the United States

Currently: 17.5 new infections per day per 100,000 inhabitants
By April 19th, 2021, 31670846 infected persons and 567216 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported in January 2020, which is the date of the official notification. An additional 10-14 days are calculated for noticing one's own infection, the doctor's appointment, the laboratory test and, above all, the period from the infection until the first symptoms appear.

The total of 31,670,846 infected people represent 9.6% of the country's total population. The number of new infections during the 15th calendar week (04/12/2021 to 04/18/2021) was 402,714 , representing 17.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants per day.


The first graph shows the number of reported infections per calendar week. The second graph below the number of deaths.

Mortality rate of infected persons

From the previously infected and deceased people, in the United States results in a mortality rate of 1.8%. However, it should be borne in mind that death occurs an average of 19 days after the first symptoms appear. The time of the actual infection is therefore followed by several days until a person affected has a medical test carried out and the results are available.

Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers weekly. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Corona virus topic page.

Current development

Calendar weekInfectedDeaths
15/2021402,7144,683
14/2021562,0037,532
13/2021374,3354,965
12/2021512,6867,677
11/2021323,6866,698
10/2021506,66010,682
09/2021383,10111,888
08/2021415,50215,402
07/2021495,99111,364
06/2021685,60322,843

Weight and size

MaleFemale
Body height177 cm163 cm
BMI29.029.0
Weight90.6 kg77.1 kg

Diseases

United StatesØ worldwide
Diabetes *10.80%8.81%
Tuberculosis0.00%0.13%
HIV / Aids0.02%0.04%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.


Child vaccinations

United StatesØ worldwide
Measles90.0%85.7%
Hepatitis B0.09%0.09%
DTP *9.40%8.57%

* DTP is a three times combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.

In the United States, 25.1% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
8 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

Corona virus and healthcare in the United StatesThe medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in the United States is above average, but is not as good as the average within the EU. The country provides 2.9 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.7 beds. Within the EU, 5.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 852,000 physicians in the United States, there are about 2.59 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 3.57.

Due to the low level of care, the mortality of major known diseases can only be reduced in comparatively few cases. According to current information, about 15 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) still die.

Supply with drinking water

As one of the few countries, the United States offers almost its entire population (99.00 percent) access to an immediately available, running drinking water connection. The proportion of the population that is reached by additional supply from springs and wells or supplied drinking water is 99%. In a global comparison, only about 71% of the population has direct access to tested and always available drinking water. Within the European Union, this share is 97%. Only in a few countries does the proportion fall below 10%.

Sources

Above data correspond to the information of the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).