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 am, April 16 (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
229 1,489 30,095 10,613 68,985 639,664 16-APR-2020:7
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1 Response to Benchmarking the U.S.’s COVID-19 Response

  1. mjlauer says:

    U.S,. does better with deaths and cases adjusted by area since the U.S. is 98x larger than South Korea. SK area adjusted deaths: 20,142. SK area adjusted cases: 1,025,526. Both are for April 10. I don’t think geographic area has a lot to do with it other than increasing cost of response and maybe logistics and coordination of response but it is something to think about.

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