What did other countries do to keep COVID-19 numbers down

Corbin Hubert, Trojan Matters Editor

With the new COVID-19 vaccines being distributed more and more, the country moves closer to being able to advance past the virus and life returning to normal.

However, some countries have been able to keep numbers low, and have not felt the many blows dealt by the pandemic.

According to BBC.com, Germany has a death rate of 11.5 per one hundred thousand people. Meanwhile, neighboring Belgium has a rate of 87 per one hundred thousand people. 

BBC attributes Germany’s success to many factors. Their response time, intricate testing systems, and numerous amounts of intensive care units across the country. The most important factor might be the one of the ones leading the country. 

Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany since 2005, is celebrated for her knowledge when it comes to science and health, and has been key in interpreting the seriousness of the virus to German citizens. 

Countries like Australia and New Zealand have been celebrated for their attempts to halt the spread of the virus. Business Insider reports that early nationwide lockdowns, testing available for all citizens, and a consistent adherence to protocols have been key in not only keeping down the death toll, but positive cases themselves. “It’s seems kind of odd to me, but I guess it makes sense because the countries are right next to each other,” said senior Owen Cuniffe.

Taiwan was another country with a successful response to the pandemic. As of writing, the country only has 8 total deaths from the virus. Time Magazine claimed that in order to avoid shutting down the economy, patrons were required to have their temperature taken before entering a business, and the government used contact tracing and phone tracking to make sure those exposed to the virus were staying in quarantine. Along with closed borders and strict mask policies, Taiwan has served another example of what it takes to keep the virus numbers low.

While it is too late for the majority of the world, this pandemic has taught leaders why it is important to take any warnings of a contagious virus seriously.