There's a BIG Difference Between US and Italy
In a March 11 post, co-blogger Scott Sumner went Jeopardy style, with:
The answer: One week.
And the question? “What’s the difference between Italy and the rest of the Western world?”
Scott made the point that we are only a week behind Italy in the cumulative number of cases of Covid-19. He turns out to be roughly right. But fortunately, the most important comparison is the number of deaths and on that, we are doing way better than Italy did a week earlier.
But now, let’s look at fatalities. On March 12, Italy had 1,116 deaths. On March 19, the United States had 207 deaths. That’s over 5 times as many. So already I think we can say that we in the United States are strongly outperforming Italy on the main measure that matters.