COVID-19 by the Numbers: U.S. versus Iran

The United States and Iran have both been epicenters of the coronavirus pandemic. The United States reported its first confirmed case, in Washington state, on January 21. Iran’s first cases, both deaths, were reported on February 19. The U.S. population is 331 million, roughly four times larger than Iran’s population, which is approximately 84 million. As of May 6, roughly 0.36 percent of the U.S. population had been infected, compared with 0.12 percent of Iran’s population, according to government data in both countries. Both governments have acknowledged that the data on COVID-19 is preliminary and may change as earlier deaths are investigated and earlier cases are discovered through anti-body testing. The following graphs reflect two different data points. The first compares the real numbers in each country. The second reflects the numbers proportionate to their population.

 

cases

U.S. Source: USAFacts aggregated data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state- and local-level public health agencies.
Iran Source: Ministry of Health
 

adjusted cases

U.S. Source: USAFacts aggregated data from the CDC, state- and local-level public health agencies
Iran Source: Ministry of Health

 

daily cases

U.S. Source: USAFacts aggregated data from the CDC, state- and local-level public health agencies
Iran Source: Ministry of Health

 

adjusted cases

U.S. Source: USAFacts aggregated data from the CDC, state- and local-level public health agencies
Iran Source: Ministry of Health

 

deaths

U.S. Source: USAFacts aggregated data from the CDC, state- and local-level public health agencies
Iran Source: Ministry of Health

 

adjusted deaths

U.S. Source: USAFacts aggregated data from the CDC, state- and local-level public health agencies
Iran Source: Ministry of Health

 

The data were assembled by Alex Yacoubian, a program assistant at the U.S. Institute of Peace. 

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