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Letter: Leadership is to blame for the U.S.’s failing fight against COVID-19

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Letter to the editor

Deseret News

The COVID-19 virus struck Asia months before it did the U.S., giving us ample lead time to prepare. Yet our death rate far exceeds that of those Asian countries. Here are some figuresas of today (deaths per 1 million population): China, 3.23; Japan, 7.78; South Korea, 5.64; Taiwan, 0.29; and the United States, 412.28.

Why is this? Several possible reasons come immediately to mind. First, the citizens of those Asian countries are generally healthier than our citizens, with much lower rates of obesity, diabetes, etc. Second, they all enjoy universal, affordable health care, which promotes early detection and treatment. Third, they routinely wear face masks when out in public, thus reducing transmission of pathogens to others. And finally, they have astute leaders who follow the recommendations of top national and international experts.

There is much we could learn from these countries. But that would require good leadership, something sorely lacking in this kakistocracy of ours.

Tom Huckin

Salt Lake City