The U.S., along with the rest of the world, is facing the coronavirus pandemic. When talking about the U.S., the political climate and the historical context comes into play in determining what race is more affected by the coronavirus. This study aims to analyze the coronavirus in the U.S.; specifically, it aims to analyze different case rates and death rates for select races in the country and investigate the relationship between these rates and factors such as income, smoking, and uninsured adult percentage. More importantly, this study will look at the pandemic’s racial component using the coronavirus data available for 50 states (including the District of Columbia) from May through December of 2020. For coronavirus case rate, our analysis showed a strong relationship with income, and a moderate relationship with the number of ICU beds per capita, and a weak relationship with the percentage of adult smokers. Our analysis shows a strong relationship with median income and a moderate relationship with uninsured adult percentage for the coronavirus death rate. Finally, our analysis showed a strong correlation between race and median income, resulting from systematic racism in the U.S.


Frazier, Marian






coronavirus, race

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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