Some countries are doing a lot better at containing Covid-19 than others, and it is a bit surprising who is winning, and who is losing.
Once China figured out what was happening, they locked down hard. Roads in and out of Wuhan were blocked off. People were confined to their homes, and infected people were quarantined away from their families and friends.
Some other winners are Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, and Jordan. Click to see a full list of Winners.
Many countries have made attempts at mitigation, but have thus far failed to reverse course. The U.S., for example, have spent a great deal of money and effort on mitigation, but they have failed to thwart a rise in cases. Sadly, it is not for lack of resources that countries like the U.S. are failing at mitigation. Instead, it has to do with misinformation. Several months after Covid-19 emerged, a growing number of people doubt that the virus even exists, or they believe that it is part of a larger conspiracy to thwart individual freedoms.
Some other losers are Canada, United Kingdom, Peru, Mexico, Iraq and Egypt. Click to see a full list of losers.
Some researchers believe that flattening the curve is not enough. Instead, we should CRUSH the Spread.
It could be years before a vaccine for Covid-19 is developed. In the meantime, people must protect themselves from infection. As regions begin to relax lockdown measures, one strategy is to develop ‘safe circles’.
We can protect ourselves and our loved-ones by creating a circle of safety where each member agrees to have physical contact with other group members only. Instead of being isolated alone in apartments, we can build trusting relationships where we take care of one another. Instead, of just one household, we can expand our circle to include an additional household with the expectation that all members of the circle will ensure no contact with anyone outside of the circle.
A lion used to prowl about a field in which Four Oxen used to dwell. Many a time he tried to attacked them; but whenever he came near they turned their tails to one another, so that whichever way he approached them he was met by the horns of one of them. At last, however, they fell a-quarrelling among themselves, and each went off to pasture alone in a separate corner of the field. Then the Lion attacked them one by one and soon made an end of all four.
-Aesop, sixth century B.C.hrsoftblog.com
We are stronger and safer together, and we individually have unique and special skills to bring to a group of people that are determined to help one another.
Just remember what you learned from public television and we will do our best to survive this: