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No, the United States Does Not Lead the World in Coronavirus Cases or Deaths

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No, the United States Does Not Lead the World in Coronavirus Cases or Deaths

 
BY MATT MARGOLIS APRIL 12, 2020
Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, Friday, March 20, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Last month, the media jumped on the news that the United States had more confirmed cases of the coronavirus than any other nation. That was bogus on two fronts. First, U.S. intelligence agencies believe that China is lying about its true numbers, and reports from inside the country tell of crematoriums working around the clock and people being paid off to keep quiet.

Second, the United States does not lead the world in coronavirus cases per capita—which is the best way to compare how the pandemic is being contained in each country. For much of the pandemic, Italy has been overwhelmed by the coronavirus, but Italy has fewer cases and deaths than the United States. The United States has nearly six times the population of Italy, and when you measure cases and deaths per capita, it’s easy to see why Italy was overwhelmed and the United States is not.

Here are the top six countries by confirmed cases (based on the case numbers from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University as of 9:00 am ET April 12) in descending order (excluding China because their numbers are bogus):

  1. USA (530,006)
  2. Spain (166,019)
  3. Italy (152,271)
  4. France 130,730
  5. Germany (125,452)
  6. The United Kingdom (79,885)

Now, here are the top six countries by confirmed cases per million people (based on population numbers from the CIA World Fact Book) in descending order:

  1. Spain (3319.33)
  2. Italy (2440.14)
  3. France (1926.80)
  4. USA (1593.34)
  5. Germany (1565.03)
  6. United Kingdom (1214.78)

See? When looking at the number of confirmed cases compared to the population, the United States is not number one.

I generated charts via Our World In Data to show you visually. (NOTE: Their data comes from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, so there may be a slight discrepancy between the chart and the numbers from Johns Hopkins.)

Just like with confirmed cases, when the United States’ whole number of coronavirus deaths passed 20,000, the media rushed in to say that the United States “now leads the world in deaths.” But does it really? Let’s look at the data.

Here are the total confirmed deaths of the top six hit countries in descending order.

  1. USA (20,608)
  2. Italy (19,468)
  3. Spain (16,972)
  4. France (13,851)
  5. The United Kingdom (9,892)
  6. Iran (4,474)

The United States has passed Italy for confirmed coronavirus deaths, that must mean we’re doing worse than they are, right? Wrong. Here are the top six countries for deaths per million people.

  1. Spain (339.33)
  2. Italy (311.97)
  3. France (204.15)
  4. The United Kingdom (150.42)
  5. USA (61.95)
  6. Iran (52.68)

Obviously, the media wants the public to believe that the situation in the United States is worse than anywhere else because that makes Trump look bad. Last month, when President Trump said the United States had done more coronavirus tests than South Korea, the media pounced on the claim and pointed out that the United States’ population is more than six times that of South Korea, and when you looked at testing per capita, the United States was still behind South Korea.

And through it all, the country that seems to avoid criticism from the media is China. They covered up the virus, even led the world to believe that it couldn’t be transmitted human-to-human for weeks. They’re even covering up the true extent of the spread of the disease in their country. Instead, the media chooses to push the narrative that things in the United States are worse than they really are because they hope it will result in Trump’s defeat in November. So, when the media tells you that the United States leads the world in coronavirus cases and deaths, they are wrong. The United States is a very big country, and when you measure coronavirus cases and deaths per capita, we don't "lead the world" at all.

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Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama's Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis

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  • Herr_StarrHerr_Starr PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited April 14

    No, the United States Does Not Lead the World in Coronavirus Cases or Deaths




    HerrStarr: "I will still get my 200,000 confirmed American deaths, one way or the other."        :rofl:     :rofl:  
    You think you know me.

    I don't disagree with the threadstarter's assertion that China is hiding its true death toll, it's obvious. As to the US casualty rate, you still miss the point. Let me clear, I am no cheerleader for US Deaths to make Trump look bad, it's the opposite, a lot of these deaths were preventable if Trump took proactive, intelligent action...That is what makes this situation so tragic.

    You can go bury your head in the sand now and ignore all the death around you. 

     


  • Juan Plus OneJuan Plus One PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    No, the United States Does Not Lead the World in Coronavirus Cases or Deaths




    HerrStarr: "I will still get my 200,000 confirmed American deaths, one way or the other."        :rofl:     :rofl:  
    You think you know me.

    I don't disagree with the threadstarter's assertion that China is hiding its true death toll, it's obvious. As to the US casualty rate, you still miss the point. Let me clear, I am no cheerleader for US Deaths to make Trump look bad, it's the opposite, a lot of these deaths were preventable if Trump took proactive, intelligent action...That is what makes this situation so tragic.

    You can go bury your head in the sand now and ignore all the death around you. 

     



    Do you blame the leaders of Spain, Italy, UK, Iran, Turkey, Russia, France, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands for the Covid-19 deaths in the thousands?

    Did you blame OBAMA for the 12,500 H1N1 deaths during his Presidency? 
  • Herr_StarrHerr_Starr PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    No, the United States Does Not Lead the World in Coronavirus Cases or Deaths




    HerrStarr: "I will still get my 200,000 confirmed American deaths, one way or the other."        :rofl:     :rofl:  
    You think you know me.

    I don't disagree with the threadstarter's assertion that China is hiding its true death toll, it's obvious. As to the US casualty rate, you still miss the point. Let me clear, I am no cheerleader for US Deaths to make Trump look bad, it's the opposite, a lot of these deaths were preventable if Trump took proactive, intelligent action...That is what makes this situation so tragic.

    You can go bury your head in the sand now and ignore all the death around you. 

     



    Do you blame the leaders of Spain, Italy, UK, Iran, Turkey, Russia, France, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands for the Covid-19 deaths in the thousands?

    Did you blame OBAMA for the 12,500 H1N1 deaths during his Presidency? 
    Glad you asked, its clear the leaders of certain countries have more blood on their hands than others. Let's look at two neighbors, the Netherlands and Germany. These two countries are neighbors, but their approach to Coronavirus was very different. The Netherlands initially went with the 'Herd Immunity' approach, let everyone get sick. Germany was much more cautious, much more prepared. The numbers bear this out.

    • Netherlands - 2823 Dead
    • Germany - 3194 Dead

    What's amazing about that is Germany has a population of 83 million, the Netherlands has 17.28 million. 

    But don't worry, their's enough blame to go around.  ;)

    As for blaming Obama, did you blame him back then or is this just rearview driving? Considering Obama declared a public health emergency by April 2009, that means Federal Resources were made available to Hard Hit States. Not to mention, Obama took office in January 2009, a mere three months prior to declaring the health emergency...You didn't see him blaming his predecessor now did he. 

    From Snopes:

    In sum, the PJ Media article claimed that Obama “waited” until millions of people were infected with H1N1 before he declared an “emergency.” But that isn’t the case. The Obama administration started to address H1N1 just as the disease emerged in April 2009. A public health emergency was declared on April 26, 2009, when there were about 20 confirmed cases in the United States. The Obama administration renewed this declaration twice in the ensuing months before declaring a national emergency in October 2009. 

  • Juan Plus OneJuan Plus One PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited April 14
    Do you blame the leaders of the nations that I mentioned?  YES or NO?

    Nope, I did not blame OBAMA nor I'm blaming TRUMP now.  
  • Herr_StarrHerr_Starr PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Do you blame the leaders of the nations that I mentioned?  YES or NO?

    Nope, I did not blame OBAMA nor I'm blaming TRUMP now.  
    I'm blaming Trump now for his poor response, but don't worry, there is plenty of blame to go around. I was very clear about that in my prior post.  ;)
  • Juan Plus OneJuan Plus One PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    I need you to answer YES or NO.
  • Herr_StarrHerr_Starr PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    I need you to answer YES or NO.
    I see, you have a limited vocabulary.  ;)

    I'm glad you asked. It's a clear yes, we know which leaders have managed this situation poorly. Trump in the US, Johnson in the UK, Rutte in the Netherlands, Conte in Italy, Xi in China, Duterte in the Philippines, none of these leaders have covered themselves in glory.

    In comparison, it's been women who have lead  in the response, Merkel in Germany, Arden in New Zealand, Frederiksen in Denmark, and quite a few others. 


  • Juan Plus OneJuan Plus One PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    I need you to answer YES or NO.
    I see, you have a limited vocabulary.  ;)

    I'm glad you asked. It's a clear yes, we know which leaders have managed this situation poorly. Trump in the US, Johnson in the UK, Rutte in the Netherlands, Conte in Italy, Xi in China, Duterte in the Philippines, none of these leaders have covered themselves in glory.

    In comparison, it's been women who have lead  in the response, Merkel in Germany, Arden in New Zealand, Frederiksen in Denmark, and quite a few others. 



    I see that you can't follow simple directions.  If you have answered YES right away then we could have save time and discuss something else.. 
  • barokakobarokako PEx Rookie ⭐
    edited April 14
    Stop blaming  trump. He made his decision base on the wrong and misleading information he got from WHO and CCP. You should thank him for partially banning flights from China even when his medical advisors say that the CCP virus is not a threat yet. Just imaging the death toll had he listened to the cries  of liberal dems and the dem stream  media. Liberal democrats and their ally demstream media called out Trump for banning flights from China, calling him racist and even calling the american people to congregate in chinatown  or hug  a chinese person. And if you are following the news from demstream media who are very obviously biased without balancing their info from international and conservative news outlets and trusted outlets, you will of course run into a false narrative that Trump is to be blamed in this pandemic.

    Follow the news  on both sides and you will get the correct narrative, not the false narrative that the demstream media  is forcing.  As the information changes from WHO and CCP  and from allied countries and from their own concerned agencies, Trump changes his decisions also.

    In press daily briefing, you will notice the stupid and destructive trapsthe demstream media are asking...even driving a wedge between Dr. Fauci  and Trump.

    Blame the real culprits on this pandemic, the murderous, amoral CCP regime and its PAID dog WHO leadership and PAID media outlets!
  • Herr_StarrHerr_Starr PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    I need you to answer YES or NO.
    I see, you have a limited vocabulary.  ;)

    I'm glad you asked. It's a clear yes, we know which leaders have managed this situation poorly. Trump in the US, Johnson in the UK, Rutte in the Netherlands, Conte in Italy, Xi in China, Duterte in the Philippines, none of these leaders have covered themselves in glory.

    In comparison, it's been women who have lead  in the response, Merkel in Germany, Arden in New Zealand, Frederiksen in Denmark, and quite a few others. 



    I see that you can't follow simple directions.  If you have answered YES right away then we could have save time and discuss something else.. 
    :rofl:

    Don't blame me for your reading comprehension fail. I clearly said there is more than enough blame to go around. 

    This is why you should go for those remedial English Classes. 
  • Herr_StarrHerr_Starr PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited April 14
    I need you to answer YES or NO.
    I see, you have a limited vocabulary.  ;)



    Girl, your college professor just gave you a grade of Fail for your reading comprehension :rofl:    :rofl:  

    Wow, the village idiot just called me dumb! :rofl:

    On a serious note, it's my fault for thinking you weren't as dumb as you seemed. I see I was wrong. Let me know if I have to start posting at your level...At a 3th Grade level. :lol:
  • Juan Plus OneJuan Plus One PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    The Liberals will do everything to unseat Trump, inflating the covid deaths to blame on the President, wishing for an economic depression, and putting millions out of work.  They don't care as long as Trump is defeated this November.

    BUT the US economy will bounce back bigger than ever. 
  • Herr_StarrHerr_Starr PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    The Liberals will do everything to unseat Trump, inflating the covid deaths to blame on the President, wishing for an economic depression, and putting millions out of work.  They don't care as long as Trump is defeated this November.

    BUT the US economy will bounce back bigger than ever. 
    Actually, tRump is doing all the work to ensure he's a One Termer himself. :rofl:

    The US Economy will definitely bounce back, but when? Rump and his fans are long on promises, but short on details. 



  • The covid cases are inflated, even those who are simply being suspected of being infected, without any test conducted are already being included in the numbers.  Its Trump derangement syndrome. 
  • Herr_StarrHerr_Starr PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    The covid cases are inflated, even those who are simply being suspected of being infected, without any test conducted are already being included in the numbers.  Its Trump derangement syndrome. 
    Due to a lack of testing, it's the opposite I fear. Coronavirus is much more widespread in the US than anyone realizes. 20% of all tests in the US are showing positive, that number has not moved in a month. South Korea is showing 2%. 

    If the situation were improving in the US, that percentage would be going down.  
  • Herr_StarrHerr_Starr PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    The US Economy will definitely bounce back, but when? Rump and his fans are long on promises, but short on details. 


    Tingnan mo ito, puros kabastusan ang iniisip!   Mas short pa rin ang t1t1 mo!      :rofl:    :rofl:  
    With such unproductive workers as chumpmeister making up Trump's base, its clear news of an Economic Recovery is greatly exaggerated. :rofl:
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