In the United States, we had the most half-hearted, disorganized and inept lockdowns in the world. In retrospect, it would have been better to do nothing than do what was done so clumsily to control the spread of the virus. We ultimately settled on nothing anyway after a few weeks.
“But age was alone in its ability to predict fatality rates. Nothing else — not body mass index, not smoking, not air pollution, not cancer prevalence, not universal health care, not hospital beds — explained very much.
More unexpected was what the researchers found when they looked at the factors that predicted how many people got infected. Some of the obvious candidates — population density, G.D.P. per capita, and exposure to past coronaviruses — failed to predict much in the way of outcomes. But both trust in government and trust in fellow citizens proved potent.
This yields the paper’s most striking finding: Moving every country up to the 75th percentile in trust in government — that’s where Denmark sits — would have prevented 13 percent of global infections. Moving every country to the 75th percentile of trust in their fellow citizens — roughly South Korea’s level — would have prevented 40 percent of global infections. …”
Lack of trust in everything killed more Americans than anything else.
Note: Alabama “reopened” in May 2020. It didn’t seem like we were ever really closed to me.