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The United States is on a uniquely dreadful trajectory

The best graphs of the pandemic that I’ve seen come from John Burn-Murdoch on the Financial Times website.

Do you notice anything strange in this graph of his from last night (March 25)?

Look at the curve for the United States. It’s the only curve that bends up. The curves for all other countries bend down.

That means the rate at which deaths are increasing in the US is itself growing. In every other country on that graph, the rate of increase is decreasing.

As always with covid-19 graphs, we’re seeing here a conflation of changes in the amount of testing with changes in the thing that’s ostensibly being measured. But even so, this is worth noticing.

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