Editor’s note: The following comparisons are meant to put efforts to control the COVID-19 coronavirus in perspective. Countries and states within the US demonstrate that when the guidelines are followed – masks, social distancing, widespread testing – the number of positive cases and fatalities decline. Since at this time no cure or vaccine exists to eliminate the virus, the only way to control who gets sick or dies is to follow these guidelines. Among the most advanced economies in democratic countries, the virus is viewed as a national health issue except in the US where it is a political issue.
The world’s leading advanced democratic economies, otherwise known as the G-7, have had varying degrees of success fighting the COVID-19 coronavirus. Japan as a nation practiced wearing masks, social distancing and testing recommendations very early and never experienced the death tolls reached in European countries and the US. However, the European countries eventually instituted those practices nationwide and the rate of infection has greatly diminished. The US has no national effort to combat this pandemic, while individual states have each instituted their own with varied levels of success. This comparison shows the latest daily increase in coronavirus cases versus the total death toll within the G-7 countries as of Tuesday, July 7:
Italy – cumulative deaths=34,899; new cases yesterday=137
Japan – cumulative deaths=978; new cases yesterday=206
Canada – cumulative deaths=8,711; new cases yesterday=232
Germany – cumulative deaths=9,103; new cases yesterday=298
France – cumulative deaths=29,933; new cases yesterday=475
UK – cumulative deaths=44,391; new cases yesterday=581
US – cumulative deaths=133,972; new cases yesterday=55,442
What this shows is in countries that suffered the most, once safety practices were instituted and enforced, new cases dropped substantially and remained low by maintaining safety practices.
Following is a comparison of the ten US states with the most cumulative deaths:
New York – cumulative deaths=32,292; new cases yesterday=642
New Jersey – cumulative deaths=15,352; new cases yesterday=471
Massachusetts – cumulative deaths=8,213; new cases yesterday=201
Illinois – cumulative deaths=7,273; new cases yesterday=587
Pennsylvania – cumulative deaths=6,841; new cases yesterday=799
California – cumulative deaths=6,563; new cases yesterday=8,631
Michigan – cumulative deaths=6,251; new cases yesterday=633
Connecticut – cumulative deaths=4,338; new cases yesterday=57
Florida – cumulative deaths=3,841; new cases yesterday=7,749
Louisiana – cumulative deaths=3,325; new cases yesterday=1,936
As in Europe, states that experienced the highest death rates early in the pandemic, in most cases, immediately instituted strict controls; however, many of those states have relaxed controls and are experiencing a resurgence of cases. That is due to the fact no cure or vaccine exists to neutralize the virus, so the only defense against it is to remain vigilant by wearing masks, social distancing and testing.