2020-03-26 03:56:16 UTC
Given that Germany is currently in the top five nations when it comes to diagnosed cases, the difference in mortality rates looks mind-boggling, at first. (Germany's is less than 1 in 200; the US rate is about 1 in 66; France's is about 1 in 19.)
But...it may well be that one main factor is "aggressive testing," as in South Korea.
Not to mention a very different health care system. Also, Germany has a high nurse population.
Btw, can anyone explain what CNN means by "50,000-foot view"?
OTOH, I was surprised to find that Germans, before the crisis, weren't living as long as you might think - people in more than a dozen other European countries live longer! So, since the virus seems to focus on the elderly, that would help to explain why Spain, France and Italy aren't doing as well. But...it also complicates matters, since Germans DO live almost 3 years longer than Americans!