With 4% of world’s population USA has had 26% of all cases and 26% of all deaths (see NYTimes Corona Virus, world). This is the worst performance in the entire world. And 83% of US deaths occurred to those over 65 years old – web. cdc. gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid_weekly/index.htm#AgeAndSex
The chart shows weekly deaths, March 21 – 500 deaths, April 18 – 16,000 deaths, May 16 – 9,000 deaths, June 13 – 450 deaths. So a big upsurge, and over next two months a sharp decrease. Upsurge means “exponential” growth. Between March 1, when there were 30 confirmed cases to April 1 with 213,000 cases-- that’s exponential growth. Studies (U.C. Berkeley and Imperial College in U.K.) claim that without social distancing by April 6 when 356,000 cases happened, there would have been 5,100,000 cases. The second study concentrated on Europe claiming a major decrease in deaths due to social distancing.
NYTimes (Corona Virus, World) also showed US had 6th highest rate of death per 100,000 among major nations. Belgium still has top rate (why?, they say they have most accurate reporting). And US had 5th highest rate of infection. NYTimes also says 40% of deaths happened to patients in nursing homes. The period after social distancing is a success story. The fact that the CDC knew about the Chinese outbreak on Jan 1, and Trump commented about it on Jan 31, saying it was under control and would turn out well – but a national emergency was declared 43 days later indicates a complete failure – his presumption of calling it perfectly was an overweening stupidity, and that’s the problem, his typical behavior is stupid, cocksure and wrong, and the rest of this federal administration has the same attitude and record. Calling the worst record in the world a success should be proof enough of this assessment.