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"Covid-19 Pandemic Updates PM 9/1/20"

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“Covid-19 Pandemic Updates PM 9/1/20″ 

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By David Leonhardt
America’s death gap: Here’s a jarring thought experiment: If the United States had done merely an average job of fighting the coronavirus – if the U.S. accounted for the same share of virus deaths as it did global population – how many fewer Americans would have died?
The answer: about 145,000. That’s a large majority of the country’s 183,000 confirmed coronavirus-related deaths.
No other country looks as bad by this measure. The U.S. accounts for 4 percent of the world’s population, and for 22 percent of confirmed Covid-19 deaths. It is one of the many signs that the Trump administration has done a poorer job of controlling the virus than dozens of other governments around the world.
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The specific numbers are only estimates, of course. They are based on virus statistics that are unavoidably incomplete. Most scientists believe the real U.S. death toll is higher than the official numbers indicate, and undercounting of deaths may be even greater in some other countries.
After the U.S., Brazil and Mexico have the next largest gaps between population share and official death share. They are also countries with less advanced medical systems, where some experts think the actual death toll is vastly higher than the official one. If that’s right, the true gaps in Brazil and Mexico may be as large as the U.S. gap.
But no other affluent country has nearly so big a gap. Canada and several European countries each account for a greater percentage of deaths than population, yet the differences aren’t nearly as severe as in the U.S.
And some countries, like Australia and South Korea, have a positive version of the gap. Japan is home to 1.7 percent of the global population but less than 0.2 percent of deaths. An additional 12,000 Japanese residents would not be alive if the country had merely an average death rate.
As I was putting together these numbers, I started thinking about how Americans should have expected their country to fare – above average, below average or maybe right near the average. The U.S. certainly has had some disadvantages in fighting the virus: It’s an international travel hub, which makes transmission more likely, and it had some of the affluent world’s worst health outcomes even before the virus arrived.
On the other hand, the U.S. remains the world’s richest country, with vast medical capabilities, and the virus started on a faraway continent. All of which suggests that there was nothing inevitable about the U.S. performance. It is instead a tragic reflection of the country’s failed response.
In other virus developments:
• A top White House medical adviser is recommending the use of the controversial “herd immunity” strategy, in which a society allows the virus to ran through a population until burning out, The Washington Post reports.
• Updated Sep 1, 2020, 4:40 PM E.T.
Coronavirus Map: Tracking the Global Outbreak
More than 25,563,200 people around the world have been infected with Covid-19;
 6,078,745 of them are Americans. Here is the latest map/case count.
• The number of daily tests conducted in the U.S. is only 52 percent of the level considered necessary to mitigate the spread of the virus. See how your state’s testing compares to others.
The Covid Tracking Project
“The public deserves the most complete data available about COVID-19 in the US. No official source is providing it, so we are. Every day, our volunteers compile the latest numbers on tests, confirmed cases, hospitalizations, and patient outcomes from every US state and territory.”

The COVID Racial Data Tracker
“COVID-19 is affecting people of color the most. We’re tracking the data in real time. The COVID Racial Data Tracker is a collaboration between the COVID Tracking Project and the Antiracist Research And Policy Center. Together, we’re gathering the most complete race and ethnicity data on COVID-19 in the United States.”
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9/1/20, 4:28 PM


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    • Gxer

      This is such fake news. Your report is way way off. The Johns Hopkins chart is way off. The actual death count is like 6% of just COVID deaths as per the CDC…you know this, you saw the reports and the data on the CDC website, you are spreading misinformation.

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