Use whatever definition you feel is appropriate. Rate of infections, mortality, economic damage, whatever. I get the impression that the US has done a particularly poor job dealing with Covid-19. Not just compared to other economically developed countries, but compared to the world as a whole. I just read an article that Vietnam, for example, had gone over 100 days without a single case in the whole nation until a recent outbreak, suspected to be imported by a Chinese immigrant.
New Zealand, as noted in the thread about spectator sports and Covid-19, has returned to normal for their sporting events. South Korea, Iceland, Germany, Australia, and Taiwan, for example, are all developed countries that have done well. For comparison, this past week has seen my hometown of Corpus Christi (population roughly 300K, averaging around 400 cases per day) almost beat the average cases per day than the all of these countries I’ve mentioned put together.
Even developing countries, however, are doing better than us. Yesterday Nigeria reported 647 cases. Venezuela had 525 cases. These numbers, from third world countries, again put entire nations at the same level as a single medium sized American city.
Am I missing other parts of the world where things are worse than the US? Let’s try to answer this question first, and if it becomes clear that the US is either at or very near to the bottom of Covid-19 response, then let’s get into why that is the case.