Comparing states by stats alone ignores the lack of standardized independent monitoring and the porosity of domestic borders. It's the same problem with quantifying the effects of domestic gun control. That being said a more credible and productive response is not nearly as confusing and complicated as some make it out to be. Countries like Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, & Thailand wasted less time debating unsubstantiated claims of media hoaxes and global conspiracies while declaring premature victory. Instead they focused on moving quickly and implementing a solution applicable to their situation. Despite some setbacks the difference seems to have paid off handsomely. Not just in the form of reduced death toll but with a faster return to more normal domestic living as well. The US has an economy large enough to weather the storm through domestic spending alone. Unfortunately many Americans seem to hate the idea of accepting personal sacrifice on behalf of the greater good and I'm not sure how to fix that.