All right, you asked for it.
Germany has 83 million residents, just about one fourth of the US population. As a European Union country, other Europeans can enter Germany much more freely than people can come into the US from outside. And Germany is much more densely populated than the US. But even ignoring those factors, you would expect the number of COVID-19 cases to be about one fourth the US total.
It’s not 25% of the US total. It’s not 20%. It’s not 15%. It’s not 10%.
It’s FOUR FREAKING PERCENT of the US total, per the Johns Hopkins figures today. There are 244,000 confirmed cases in Germany to more than 6 million here.
Because Germany did a ton of testing, and got the pandemic under control early, it never went wild. And they have been largely able to reopen society; Bundesliga soccer went back to playing a long time before the NBA or MLB, for instance.
South Korea is a similar story but even more effective. One sixth the population of the US, but only 20,000 cases and 324 deaths TOTAL. Arkansas alone has had 61,000 cases and 797 deaths. And Korea is much, much closer to the pandemic’s epicenter in Wuhan.
Meanwhile our leaders were pretending in February that the virus would disappear quickly, dropped the ball on testing, rushed to reopen too soon, discouraged people from wearing masks in the beginning, and screwed up a few hundred more ways. And one of the reasons we didn’t get the jump on this pandemic is that someone was afraid it would cost him re-election. Which may actually prove to be the case in two months, but not for the reason he thought in February or March.
That’s what I’m talking about. Politics governed the response in the early weeks when we could have gotten this under control like Germany or South Korea did. You want to call that bias, go right ahead. Just remember that Arkansas has nearly 500 more deaths than the entire nation of South Korea and tell me this was handled properly.