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Why COVID-19 Death Rate is Dangerously High in the U.S.A.?

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The COVID-19 remains an ongoing threat and resulted in the drastic ratio of death rate in the U.S.that has now passed 340 per million residents, just over 100 times the rate in China. This figure has been reported by Time Magazine in its latest report.

The Economist report explains that the response of the U.S. was quite slow to the pandemic. Out of more than 6,000 hospitals, only 305 could offer the most intensive treatment available and that’s if patients even make it to the hospital. Roughly 12 percent of the Americans don’t have Health insurance at all. The President has largely been worried about the stock market and the viruses threat was largely underplayed.

Moreover, the shortage of facilities was also a case in point but that was pretty much understandable given the sudden onset of health calamity. Lack of timely actions, delay in lockdown measures, inter-state border movements, political mud-slinging, and politically polarized response to COVID-19 are some of the other reasons that are considered responsible for dangerously high death rates in the US.

It won’t be wrong to say that the top leadership in the U.S. has largely been incompetent and irresponsible in the handling of COVID-19. Apart from offering unfounded medical advice, President Trump also tried hard to blame the World Health Organisation and pointed guns towards China and WHO.

How countries were able to lower the death rate from coronavirus?

Countries that acted early and effectively on the available information were able to avoid the worst of the pandemic.

The death rate from COVID-19 in the U.S. is 100 times greater than that of China’s, where the virus first emerged. It’s not just China that kept its death rate relatively low but Austria, Germany, and Greece have significantly lower per-capita mortality rates than the U.S.

In the East Asia and Pacific region, Australia, Hong Kong, Mongolia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand: all have managed to keep their COVID-19 fatalities below 7 deaths per million residents. Vietnam, with a population of 96 million, has suffered no reported deaths at all.

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