Totally different Virus Responses – The New York Instances

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Since the coronavirus has risen sharply again in recent weeks, many US has decided to keep restaurants open and schools closed. Much of Europe has done the opposite.

The European approach seems to be working better.

Check out this table, which shows the number of new daily virus cases in five countries, adjusted for population size:

As you can see, both the US and Europe are grappling with severe outbreaks, with the number of cases growing even faster in much of Europe than the US during much of this fall. In the past two weeks, France, Germany, Spain and the UK have all managed to lower their growth rates.

What is Europe doing differently? It cracks down on the type of indoor gatherings that are most likely to spread the virus. England closed pubs, restaurants, gyms and more on November 5th and announced that they would remain closed until at least December 2nd. France, the German regional governments and the Spanish region of Catalonia have also closed restaurants, among other things.

“I’m sure the Europeans didn’t want to limit their activities any more than we do,” said Janet Baseman, an epidemiologist at the University of Washington, over the weekend. “Everyone is tired and ready for it, but we have to accept the reality of the data before us.”

Many Americans have refused to accept this reality. In much of the country, restaurants remain open for indoor dining. Last week, New York State announced a new policy that public health experts see as a bizarre middle ground: companies licensed for liquor can stay open until 10 p.m.

The only indoor activity that presents a lower risk is school, especially elementary school. Why? Young children seem to be less likely to spread the virus than adults. “Research has shown that when you put in place social distancing protocols, school is a fairly safe environment,” Andreas Schleicher, who studies Schools for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, told NPR.

Closing schools and switching completely to distance learning, on the other hand, have high social costs. Children learn less and many parents, mainly mothers, have left working life. The US is suffering from these two problems and a raging pandemic.

There aren’t any easy answers to be sure. The closure of restaurants and other businesses creates economic difficulties (which some European countries are trying to alleviate through government aid).

And the virus is now spreading so rapidly in the US that keeping schools open carries risks, including the possibility of teachers, janitors and other workers infecting one another. To keep schools open safely, the US would likely have to close other public places first. Few states – including Michigan, Oregon, New Mexico, and Washington – recently closed indoor dining.

“The US case and hospital admissions numbers we are seeing right now are appalling,” Baseman said.

But if there aren’t perfect solutions to the pandemic, there are better and worse. At the moment, the US seems to be lagging far behind what is possible.

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