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COVID19: Many approaches, all failures.

The Economist maintains a chart of cumulative COVID19 deaths in countries around the world. The scariest thing about it (for me) is that there seems to be little obvious relationship between a country’s “foolish” or “enlightened” policies and how that country is faring. The US is doing badly of course, but look at the many countries where per-capita deaths are rising much more rapidly. Again, Belgium leads the pack, for reasons that are completely mysterious to me.

(Be sure to click the “Per 100k People” button to make bigger and smaller countries comparable.)

Prayer and common-sense hygiene (e.g. masks in public places) are good; praising or blaming containment strategies doesn’t seem to me to have much support at this moment.