People in the United States like to believe in "American exceptionalism," the notion that the nation's military, economic and moral superiority make it an exception among the countries of the world. With nearly 55,000 confirmed lives lost in the United States so far and widespread economic disruption from the coronavirus, it is increasing apparent that America could learn a thing or two from how other democracies are managing the pandemic.
Taiwan, for example, never ordered a lockdown. Its baseball season is in full swing, if without crowds, and the country is so flush with pandemic supplies that it is exporting 10 million masks to America and elsewhere.
Under Iceland's "lockdown lite," kindergartens and elementary schools are on limited operations, allowing parents to work. South Korea's malls and restaurants are bustling.
Constraints are being eased in New Zealand and in Germany, which sits at the center of a European continent stricken with COVID-19.
USA 7th in pandemic death rates
The rate of coronavirus deaths in these five countries — three of which are led by women — is significantly less than that in the United States, which has lost more people to the virus than any nation and has the world's seventh highest COVID-19 mortality rate.