Even though one could quibble about the precise estimates given population differences and other confounding factors, they simply can’t account for the magnitude of this failure:
None of these estimates is without potential flaws. Crude mortality estimates such as these have clear limitations, despite their value for inter-country comparisons. Many additional factors (such as demographics, geographical distribution of population, and health indicator risk factors such as obesity and health care access) likely contribute to the unique mortality rate in each population. However, as shown in Figure 2, two-well documented factors associated with Covid-19 mortality – median population age, and obesity – do not explain the magnitude of the United States’ disproportionate mortality rate. We therefore posit that had the U.S. government implemented an “averaged” approach that mirrored these countries, the U.S. might have limited fatalities to between 38,000 to 85,000 lives – suggesting that a minimum of 130,000 COVID-19 deaths might have been avoidable given alternate policies, implementation, and leadership. This discrepancy, which continues to grow daily, provides objective crude measure for assessing the government response to this unprecedented health emergency.
Just to re-emphasize: if you’re tempted to make an akshually, and argue that the U.S. policy failure ‘only’ led to 80,000 unnecessary deaths–in eight months–you’re intentionally missing the point and you are the lost and the damned.
Anger is the appropriate emotion. And if you haven’t voted yet, vote like your life depends on it–because it does.