A picture is worth a thousand words. Why are new restrictions coming down from government at all levels? Why are schools balking at re-opening in the fall? Why are we wearing masks in the supermarket? Why aren't we running out in the streets to hug one another in gratitude and relief?
Publisher's note: This chart represents "provisional deaths." In an article about misuse of data, USA describes them:
Provisional deaths versus confirmed and probable deaths
As of April 14, the CDC regularly updates two measurements of COVID-19 deaths: provisional deaths (verified by death certificates) and confirmed and probable cases (deaths suspected to have been caused by COVID-19). The number of provisional deaths is based on data from the National Vital Statistics System, used by the National Center for Health Statistics, which records information from death certificates. This number lags the number of confirmed and probable cases because, according to the CDC's website, "it can take several weeks for death records to be submitted to (NCHS), processed, coded, and tabulated. Therefore, the data shown on this page may be incomplete, and will likely not include all deaths that occurred during a given time period, especially for the more recent time periods." Provisional deaths lag other counts by one or two weeks. The discrepancy has been a source of confusion in some of the posts claiming the CDC corrected or adjusted its count.