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The US has 4% of the world’s population but 25% of its coronavirus cases

(CNN) The United States has long prided itself as the world’s shining beacon. But its current status is a much darker one: the globe’s leader in coronavirus cases. More than 125,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the US, and more than 2.5 million Americans have been infected.

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  1. I cannot read the rest of this article (see above). Nevertheless, I think the headline is probably quite misleading:
    “July 4, 2020 The US has 4% of the world’s population but 25% of its coronavirus cases 1 ”

    The reference, “25% of its coronavirus cases”, presumably refers to ‘confirmed cases’, and further probably defines this as ‘cases confirmed by a medical test”.

    One major problem is that if the testing ISN’T done, the case ISN’T “confirmed”, by this limited definition. And while people have criticized what they see as an insufficient amount of testing in the US, perhaps the amount of testing done in other areas of the world are worse.

    If the numbers were available, it might be more informative and realistic if NON-“confirmed” cases were included. Possibly the excess of deaths over prior years could be employed, as well.

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