These Countries Have The Highest COVID-19 Infection Rates. This Is What The US Has In Common With Them.
The pandemic has put the United States in unusual and humbling global company.
Once viewed as a beacon of government competence and a model for public health, the US has fumbled the response to the coronavirus pandemic even more than countries known for widespread corruption, poor healthcare, and ubiquitous poverty — to the shock of many around the world. By many measures, the US is now faring worse than Mexico, Brazil, India, and Russia.
This is not lost on people in those countries, many of whom are watching the situation unfold in the US with shock and bewilderment.
Roxana Sánchez, an economist in Mexico City, has always resented her country’s corrupt presidents and looked longingly at the seemingly upright politics of the US. But these days, as she watches President Donald Trump musing on television about drinking disinfectant, she sees in the US an even more dangerous kind of leader: an ignorant one.
Alexey Raksha, an independent demographer in Moscow, grew distressed this summer as he watched Russians emerge from months of lockdown and promptly begin partying, going …continued .