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What portion of all U.S. adults personally know someone in the U.S. who has died from Covid-19?

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A nationally representative survey conducted by Axios/Ipsos in late August 2020 found that 20% of U.S. adults personally know someone in the U.S. who has died from Covid-19. This result is consistent with the facts that (1) the average American knows about 550 people, (2) the C-19 death rate varies widely across the 50 states, and (3) the CDC estimates that one out of every 1,752 Americans has died from C-19 as of September 6th. For comparison, one out of every 116 people in the U.S. die every year. However, the multiplicative effect of social media can make C-19 deaths seem far more common than reality. If people posted on social media about the death of everyone they knew, the average person would hear every year about 1,905 deaths among their friends of friends.

DocumentationLate August SurveyC-19 DeathsSocial Media Amplification




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