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Things have really exploded this month in the US.
Back on March 1, the US only had a total of 30 cases known in the country and now we have jumped to over 80,000 and are leading the world in coronavirus cases. (The first case in the US was reported on January 22.)
What is encouraging is that the mortality rate in the US (1.23%) has been much lower than in some other places like Italy (9.5%). Even China had a death rate of almost 4 times what is currently in the US.
The rise in cases is startling but the US is starting to test lots of people which is one reason why we are seeing so many new cases.
What is most startling to me is that our population is much smaller than China’s yet we have more total cases. China put some drastic measures in place to contain transmission of the virus and the US is just not capable of implementing those type of measures.
So I am wondering how much worse the transmission rate will be in the US versus China since we are not able to clamp down as tightly.
We will likely know in the next couple of weeks.
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Daniel Gillaspia is the Founder of UponArriving.com and creator of the credit card app, WalletFlo. He is a former attorney turned full-time credit card rewards/travel expert and has earned and redeemed millions of miles to travel the globe. Since 2014, his content has been featured in major publications such as National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, Forbes, CNBC, US News, and Business Insider. Find his full bio here.