Yes, the United States leads in the total number of COVID-19 related deaths. However, given the amount of people living in the U.S., that should not be surprising.
If one were to watch any of the major news channels, listen to politicians, or glance at any of the major newspaper headlines today, one could easily be left with the impression that the United States faring poorly in its battle to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
While it is true that, to date, the U.S. leads the world with having the most COVID-related deaths, the U.S. has more people than many of the other countries battling the coronavirus.
If one were to look at the number of COVID-19 related deaths per million, however, the United States is not even in the Top 10 as this chart from RealClearPolitics.com clearly shows:
While the U.S. has had over 22,000 deaths so far, Italy (for example) has had more than 19,000 die. However, Italy has one-sixth the population that the United States has.
When it comes to the “confirmed case fatality rates,” at 3.95 percent, the United States is doing better than 70 other countries—even better than many of the countries with so-called ‘socialized medicine.’
Although this should not be construed as an effort to minimize the impact of COVID-19 has had on the United States.
However, as opposed to the media’s attempt to politicize the number of cases in the U.S., it helps to know that the U.S. not doing as badly as some other countries when it comes to combatting the coronavirus.