World Response To COVID-19: US

July 10, 2020
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We’ve looked at how New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, and Sweden have dealt with COVID-19; now, we’re turning to the US.

The United States currently has the most number of COVID-19 cases in the world—over 3.1 million cases and more than 135,000 deaths. The first recorded case in the United States was in January, with the virus spreading across the country in the months to follow, especially on the east and west coasts. California was the first state to put shelter-in-place orders in effect in mid-March, and most states eventually followed suit by the end of March.

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The federal government allowed each state to decide how it wanted to proceed with its shelter-in-place orders, so while some states were enforcing strict guidelines, others began reopening. Testing kits eventually made their way to all parts of the nation, and while they were not mandatory, drive-through testing sites were created for those with COVID-19 symptoms. So far, people in the United States have had varied reactions to the COVID-19 precautions. While some follow social distancing norms and stay-at-home protocols, others believe that these safety restrictions hurt businesses and infringe on individual rights.

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But with the number of cases quickly growing across the country, governors who were initially reluctant to mandate state-wide mask-wearing orders are now changing their minds to slow the spread of the virus.