Five charts that show the impact of COVID-19 on Hamilton County

Andrew Noymer, associate professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine, said infectious diseases used to be leading causes of death in the United States in the 19th century. Advances in medicine and lifestyle changes lessened their impact, though, and today Americans are much more likely to die from a chronic health condition than a communicable disease. This is what makes COVID-19 unique and worthy of the public health interventions, he said.