Canada zero virus deaths yestetrday, 40 million population. USA 1499 deaths, population 340 million
Figure per capita.
5% of world population and 20 % of virus deaths
USA not bad, are you kidding?.
Per capita death rate is a misleading for comparing outcomes between countries as it is essentially an indication of the overall disease burden in a country. There are many variables to take into account, including reporting requirements (state by state in U.S.), population density, population health, therapeutics used. specific virus strain, etc. Excess deaths would be a better metric but it is not final until C19 is gone although some running numbers are available. On an ongoing basis, the epidemiological gold standard is case fatality rate which shows how well a country is responding to spread of the virus and preventing infected people from dying. On that score the U.S.is doing OK (e.g., U.S. 3% and Canada 6.7%). The experts will have to slice and dice the figures when all is said and done. Choose your "poison" but I think case fatality rate is the best the guy in the street can hang his hat on at this time although new cases provides a good feel for trend.
John Hopkins case fatality rates by country at https://coronavirus....u/data/mortality
Edited by colion, 14 September 2020 - 07:10 PM.