If the US had Canada's Covid-19 death rate, 100,000 more Americans would likely be alive today - 2020-09-09
The US's Covid-19 epidemic is bad. But just how bad is it?
Over at the New York Times, columnist David Leonhardt compared the US's coronavirus death toll to that of the rest of the world. He noted the US accounts for about 4 percent of the world's population but 22 percent of its confirmed Covid-19 deaths. So how many lives would be saved if those numbers were even? Leonhardt calculated: "about 145,000."
Columnist Ross Douthat took issue with that approach. Arguing that "the patterns for Covid-19 fatalities often look more region-specific than country-specific," he compared the US to a slew of countries in the Western Hemisphere, particularly in Latin America and parts of Europe. By that toll, the US doesn't seem to do so badly, with a death rate close to that of Brazil, France, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.