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Data resources for research on impact of COVID-19

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Sep 8 2020

For social scientists and public health researchers studying the impact of COVID-19 in the U.S., the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Census Bureau have released important data resources.

NCHS - The NCHS has put together a COVID-19 Death Data and Resources page, containing a variety of resources on understanding the death count, death certificate data, and visualizations of provisional death counts by demographic and geographic breakdown. The Provisional Death Counts for Coronavirus Disease data is also available for download. 
 
Census Bureau - The Census Bureau has launched novel surveys to gather information on the economic impact of COVID-19. The Household Pulse Survey asks randomly selected households about employment status, spending patterns, food security, housing, physical and mental health, access to health care, and educational disruption. Data from Phase 1 (April 23, 2020 and July 21, 2020) is available and Phase 2 of the survey is currently being administered.
 
In a similar effort to provide high-frequency, detailed information data on how small businesses are faring, the Census Bureau has put together the Small Business Pulse Survey, which includes questions about small business operations and finances, requests and receipt of assistance, and measures of overall well-being and expectations for recovery. Data is available on trends from April 26, 2020 to August 29, 2020.
 
Both surveys are experimental data products, meaning that in an effort to produce innovative statistics on new topics, the Census Bureau uses new data sources or methodologies that may not meet all of its normal quality standards. In an effort to solicit feedback on these products and promote transparency, detailed information on the methodologies used are published. Read more on the Census Bureau website.