Coronavirus Cases Soaring Much Faster in U.S. Than in Other Countries

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Eric Zuesse

At present, coronavirus cases in U.S. are approximately doubling every 2 days, whereas in other countries the doubling rate is more like every 3 or 4 days. However, the coronavirus situation has been successfully stabilized in China, where there is now actually more concern about Chinese citizens catching the disease abroad than about their catching it in their own country.

Here are U.S. figures:

March 17 = 6,411

March 18 = 9,259

March 19 = 13,789

March 20 = 19,383

Here are figures in other countries:


March 17 = 11,409

March 18 = 13,716

March 19 = 17,147

March 20 = 19,980


March 17 = 8,061

March 18 = 11,333

March 19 = 12,307

March 20 = 18,608


March 17 = 31,506

March 18 = 35,713

March 19 = 41,035

March 20 = 47,021


March 17 = 1,950

March 18 = 2,689

March 19 = 3,268

March 20 = 3,983


March 17 = 7,730

March 18 = 9,134

March 19 = 10,995

March 20 = 12,612

And here are a few other countries:


March 17 = 80,894

March 18 = 80,928

March 19 = 80,967

March 20 = 81,008


March 17 = 16,169

March 18 = 17,361

March 19 = 18,407

March 20 = 19,644

S. Korea

March 17 = 8,320

March 18 = 8,413

March 19 = 8,565

March 20 = 8,652


March 17 = 2,742

March 18 = 3,115

March 19 = 4,222

March 20 = 5,615

The countries where the new cases on March 22nd were the highest ratio to all existing cases were as follows, with that ratio being indicated here in parentheses, and the current total # of cases then being shown after that, are

Turkey (30%) 947

Luxembourg (28%) 484

U.S. (27%) 26,685

Pakistan (22%) 645

UK (21%) 5,018

Poland (21%) 536

Portugal (20%) 1,280

Israel (20%) 883

Chile (19%) 537

Switzerland (18%) 6,863

Netherlands (18%) 3,631

So, right now, those are the countries with the most dangerous rates of increase in coronavirus-19 cases. The situation is currently the worst in three countries: Turkey, Luxembourg, and U.S.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.


The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of this site. This site does not give financial, investment or medical advice.

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March 22, 2020


It started in US last year called vaping disease.
Probably half the population have it.
More people get higher numbers.

Reply to  Jim
March 23, 2020

Hi distinctly remember our science teacher discussing this in the early to mid 60’s and saying that it came and went we did a presentation on it. The main part of the follow through was what we could do to lessen the effects of the virus. Moments like these you wish you kept your old school books.

Dee Cee
March 22, 2020

It was already here. Hence the numbers. People are being interviewed who turn out to have had it, and actually were already fully recovered when lockdowns started. Especially in Washington state.

March 22, 2020

I wonder if the US is currently inserting into their reports the Covid-19 cases that maybe it has been hiding since the Fort Detrick closure and the subsequent ‘vaping’ & flu fatalities in Maryland from Aug 2019 onwards.

March 22, 2020

increase in detected cases relative to resistance to making an effort to detect. It’s bound to be high isn’t it.

Terry R
Terry R
March 22, 2020

As of 22 March, using the John Hopkins app, the confirmed US cases are 26,747. So in 5 days there have been more than 20,000 new cases (was 6411 on 17th)
Meanwhile in China, confirmed cases stand at 81,349. So in 5 days there have been just 455 new cases (was 80,894 on 17th)
Any guesses on how long it will take the US total to exceed China’s?

Dee Cee
Reply to  Terry R
March 23, 2020

Your method had a flaw: it assumes that those people who tested positive contracted the disease within the last 5 days, when in fact, the illness was already here for a while… weeks? Months?? We don’t know because we were not testing until very recently. My kid’s doc says in my town there is a very low proportion of positive tests vs a very high proportion of tests administered over all. So in my town, the infection is probably just getting started. But a town that spikes a ton of positives on the first day of testing already had a… Read more »

Tom Welsh
Tom Welsh
March 22, 2020

The method is inadequate, as China passed its peak months ago whereas countries like the USA and UK are just reaching theirs now.

A lot of people are receiving a rapid education in basic arithmetic and statistics.

Don't Trust in Anti-Trust
Don't Trust in Anti-Trust
March 23, 2020

US response is a bit slow. Health Insurers haven’t had a chance to price collude yet.

T W Huning
T W Huning
March 23, 2020

Everyone wearing a mask would slow the rate of increase giving hospitals more time to cope. The Chinese are wearing masks.

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