America and Japan: COVID-19 By the Numbers and By Approach
I read a fascinating article in Vanity Fair. It’s worth the read. It’s certainly provocative.
The premise of the article is that if 80 percent of the American people would faithfully wear face masks, there would have been no need to quarantine or lock America down.
Many will dispute this notion. I’m also not sure what to make of it. But, I am persuadable to potentially believe that it’s quite possibly true.
A direct comparison was made between Japan and America.
Japan did not shut down businesses, nor did they quarantine anyone.
Japan is 38 percent the size of America from a population standpoint.
America responded to the coronavirus pandemic by shutting almost everything down. This has led to more than 40 million Americans applying for unemployment benefits along with the destruction of countless businesses.
More than 100,000 Americans have died of COVID-19. Less than 1,000 have died in Japan. How can this be? We locked down. They didn’t.
I have believed in wearing a face mask in office and public settings. But, as you read the data and the other bold pronouncements in the article, it certainly is fuel for thought.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently confirmed that 66 percent of COVID-19 cases were comprised of those who were shut-in.
Cuomo was shocked this. The more we learn, the more I’m not surprised by these types of findings.