Benchmarking the U.S.’s COVID-19 Response

While Republican enablers and, of course, Trump himself are attempting to downplay how poorly they have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s worth remembering that South Korea, which had their first known case the same day as we did, has done a much better job containing the damage. As I noted, South Korea is the benchmark for how the U.S. should be doing. So this will be the start of a somewhat regular comparison between the U.S. and South Korea, with South Korean data adjusted for population size.

As of 6 pm, April 12 (data from here):

S. Korea deaths Adjusted for popl. S. Korea deaths U.S. deaths S. Korea cases Adjusted S. Korea cases U.S. cases Date
208 1,352 16,686 10,450 67,925 466,299 10-APR-2020:1
214 1,391 22,020 10,512 68,328 555,313 12-APR-2020:3
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1 Response to Benchmarking the U.S.’s COVID-19 Response

  1. elspi says:

    There is no need to adjust for population until the we approach saturation levels (>10% of the population ). Until then it is just exponential growth and we should compare numbers straight.

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