The U.S. was not alone in suffering a resurgence this fall. Much
of the world did. But many other countries responded to that surge
with targeted new restrictions and, in a few cases, with an
increase in rapid-result testing. Those measures seem to be
working. Worldwide, the number of new cases has fallen over the
In some countries, the declines are large: more than 50 percent
over the past month in Belgium, France, Italy, Kenya and Saudi
Arabia; more than 40 percent in Argentina and Morocco; more than
30 percent in India and Norway.
And in the U.S.? The number of new cases has risen 51 percent over
the past month.
On the one side, Americans who insist the threat is not real. On the other, the rest of us, who find the other side’s obstinate, belligerent ignorance unreal.