US leading world in coronavirus cases

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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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4 comments

  1. The USA will be leading in deaths in 3 weeks, in all large cities unfortunately. And once most states reach their peak, in up to six to eight weeks the graph will start leveling out. That’s just my prediction based on Italy.

    I’m by not worried about Mexico until about six weeks from now, at which time I believe it to blow up.

    1. Yeah I can’t wait for that chart to start leveling out. I’m hoping it starts sooner than later. It sounds like some places in the US have reported things stabilizing so maybe those are early signs of progress. But still, the next few weeks are going to test this country in a lot of places.

  2. Well I was reading your posts but now I see that your own chart contradicts your statements within the same post so I will have to stop.

    1. The chart is older and was just meant to show death rates. The total number of cases in the US now leading the world.

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