After two and a half months of slow but steady decline, US daily corona body counts have started climbing again. The fatalities aren’t nearly as high as they were at the peak; still, the signs are ominous.
How has our experience compared with other relatively large countries that have been hit hard by the pandemic? Using Worldometer’s data I looked at each of seven countries’ 10-day peak rate in corona deaths and compared it to the most recent 10-day interval. Here are the decreases in average daily deaths that each country has experienced since its peak:
- USA: 65% decrease since April 21 – May 1 peak
- Italy: 98% decrease since March 24-31 peak
- Spain: 100% decrease since March 28 – April 7 peak
- France: 98% decrease since April 2-12 peak
- UK: 91% decrease since April 7-17 peak
- Germany: 97% decrease since April 8-18 peak
- Turkey: 83% decrease since April 14-24 peak
- Canada: 92% decrease since April 30 – May 10 peak
Of these eight countries, the US is presently experiencing the highest covid death rate per million population. The UK comes closest, while the rest are far lower.
In some large countries the virus is taking a heavy toll that hasn’t yet reached its peak; e.g., Mexico, Russia. Some, like Iran, are undergoing a resurgence that’s at least as severe as the first wave. Other large countries have for the most part avoided widespread outbreak; e.g., Taiwan, Australia.