1 big thing: U.S. curve isn't bending
Other countries — even some hit hard by the virus — are beating back their outbreaks more successfully than the U.S., Axios' Dave Lawler and Caitlin Owens write.
Why it matters: The number of new cases every day is holding steady in the U.S., but it's not going down — a key benchmark many other countries achieved before loosening their lockdowns and social distancing measures.
America’s daily rate climbed faster and higher than other countries (partly due to a larger population), but appears to have peaked at around 30,000 new cases per day in the first week of April.
- But then the rate stagnated. Outside of New York, which has bent its curve, the rate is actually climbing.
Some countries, including Australia and Vietnam, have avoided widespread outbreaks through a combination of travel restrictions, social distancing, testing and luck.
- Others, such as South Korea and Germany, managed to contain initial surges through quick action and widespread testing.
- China took severe, if belated, measures.
The bottom line: The U.S. didn't lock down as tightly as some of those countries.