Executive Summary

Today marks the six month anniversary of the first announcement of Covid-19 on U.S. soil. Since then, Covid has impacted nearly every facet of life around the world. From health, to work, to school, to civic engagement, the virus has catalyzed dramatic changes in the status quo. The Covid crisis has also highlighted and exacerbated pre-existing inequities in the U.S. economy, criminal justice, housing, education, and health care systems. 

In the inaugural release of Pandemic to Prosperity, we look at the first six months of the pandemic in the United States to understand the initial impact of the virus, while laying the groundwork for the efforts needed to achieve a more prosperous future for all Americans. Future releases will track updates against these benchmarks and incorporate new data as the pandemic evolves.

Pandemic

Lives & Livelihoods

To begin to recover from any disaster, an assessment of damages is a necessary first step. In the case of Covid, the damage is not related to a single event. Instead, pandemic-related damages will continue to unfold until an effective vaccine is developed and universally distributed. As such, tracking Covid-related damage will require tracking more than one metric over multiple months.

Prosperity

Government

Governments–local, state, and federal–are being asked to do a lot during the Covid crisis. We start with metrics that assess how states are performing relative to White House reopening guidelines, available data on Covid-related funding to states, the projected tax revenues states will need for their myriad public functions, challenges and preparedness for the upcoming presidential election, and success at getting all residents counted in the critical 2020 Census. For each indicator, we provide a brief, evidence-based set of findings and implications to help readers quickly grasp a top-level overview of how each state is doing.

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