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Europe averted a Covid-19 collapse -- here's what the US could learn

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Covid-19 is spreading faster than ever before in the United States, with hospitals in some states running at capacity. The country is now in the same situation that France, Belgium and the Czech Republic were last month, when rapidly rising infections put their health care systems within weeks of failure.

The country is now in the same situation that France, Belgium and the Czech Republic were last month, when rapidly rising infections put their health care systems within weeks of failure.

By mid-October, the central European country became the world's worst-affected nation, reporting more new Covid-19 cases per million people than any other major country.

But when Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer banned indoor dining in an attempt to curb the rising spread of the virus, White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Scott Atlas criticized the move and urged people to "rise up" against the new public health measures.

"The country is so vast and population density in Nebraska is not the same as New York State for instance or California, so you maybe do need to think about slightly more local action, but the issue is that really those decisions should be made based upon the epidemiology not based upon the political inclinations," he said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said this week that the situation in her country was still "very serious. " She pushed for a stricter set of nation-wide restrictions, but was unable to get enough support for that measure from state governments.

Known as R, the number indicates how many other people each infected person passes the virus onto -- in this case, both France and Germany reported the number went as high as 1. 5.

Dr. Oliver Watson, an infectious diseases researcher at Imperial College London said that another reason why France is seeing a reduction is because the country had a much higher transmission rate to start with.

and we can go back to the first wave and we can again see that there were early warning signs that we needed to consider greater controls and they were there probably about two weeks before the [UK] government introduced lockdown," Tildesley said.

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