224,000 more Americans would likely be alive today if the US’s Covid-19 death rate is similar to Canada's.
The United States of America’s surprisingly high death toll remains among the most terrible within the developed world despite Covid-19 surges in Europe.
More than 370,000 people have died of Covid-19 within the US, with a death rate of quite 1.1 per 1,000 people, consistent with Our World in Data, as of January 9, 2021.
This still sends the US to the top 20 percent for deaths among the developed world, with quite twice the death rate of the median developed country, while there are nations with higher death rates.
Some numbers to put that in perspective:
Nearly 78,000 Americans who died of Covid-19 would likely still be alive (unless they died of other causes) if the US had an equivalent death rate as the European Union overall.
78,000 Americans who died of Covid-19.
Quite 210,000 Americans who died of Covid-19 would likely still be alive if the US had an equivalent death rate as Germany.
Nearly 224,000 Americans who died of Covid-19 would likely still be alive if the US had an equivalent death rate as Canada.
Nearly 360,000 Americans who died of Covid-19 would likely still be alive if the US had an equivalent death rate as Australia. Compared to the 365,000 who died actually, fewer than 12,000 would have died.
Nearly 362,000 Americans who died of Covid-19 would likely still be alive if the US had an equivalent death rate as Japan— and fewer than 10,000 Americans would have died of the disease.
The US does look somewhat better because of Covid-19 surges in Europe, compared to other developed nations, than in September. Back then, the US had seven times the price because of the median developed country. That gap has shrunk massively — to 2 times.
It's because Europe has done much worse, not because the US has done any better. After managing to largely contain the coronavirus over the spring and summer of 2020, Europe eased up over the late summer and fall and witnessed a massive soar as a result.
Even countries are widely known as successful for their fights against Covid-19 — like Germany have been inflicted by the European surges, which has recently reported a better daily Covid-19 death toll than the US.
But Europe remains doing better once you check out deaths since the pandemic began; it has managed to control cases for a time — something that wasn't done by the US. The fact that America suffered a huge summer surge of Covid-19 that other places, including much of Europe, managed to prevent is one of the most important factors to why the US death toll remains so high compared to other developed nations.
Covid-19 in US.
And the pandemic has been handled by some countries well. That includes some European nations like Denmark, Estonia, Cyprus, Finland, Norway, and Iceland. But the most well-known success stories are Vietnam, Thailand, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, and Taiwan — which have broadly imposed more aggressive government measures against the coronavirus than the US.
San Marino, Belgium, Spain, the UK, Italy, and Sweden led the US in Covid-19 deaths per million people in September. But Slovenia and Czechia now also surpassed America, while Spain and Sweden have fallen behind.