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Comparing South Korea vs. USA

South Korea and the United States reported their first case of COVID-19 on the same day - January 22, 2020. But the responses and growth rates have been very different. Here we explore those differences, both in terms of numbers of cases and number of deaths. [Charts are presented both in actual scale and logarithmic scale]


South Korea's success can be attributed to a successful campaign of testing, tracing, and containing, per Tomas Pueyo's analysis over at Medium. And they've done so without drastic social distancing measures. It's not too late for the US, but it gets more difficult by the day, if not the hour.


As of 20 March 2020, 18.00 GMT, South Korea had tested 316,664 people (6,148 per million) whereas the USA had tested 103,945 (314 per million), per data from Our World in Data.


Check out the data yourself or make your own comparison on our home page, www.trackthecurve.com.


Confirmed Cases

Logarithmic scale:

# of Deaths

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