What the UK could learn from the US’s coronavirus response 

As deaths from the coronavirus soar, Britain is fast becoming the sick man of Europe. Some health experts say Britain made a number of missteps at a crucial juncture; from not locking down quickly enough to failing to procure enough protective equipment.

But could they have learned anything from their partners across the Atlantic, which is one week ahead of the UK’s curve?

The Telegraph takes a look at how both the US and UK have dealt with the crisis and asks what Britain could have gleaned from America’s successes and failures.

Lockdown came too late 

Some states across the US began locking down before the UK, despite both countries recording their first cases around the same time – giving them crucial time to stop the spread of the virus early.

The UK was a week behind the last of the US states, New York, after spending several days weighing up whether they should try to achieve “herd immunity” rather than close down.

On March 16, the White House issued initial social distancing guidelines, including closing schools and avoiding groups of more than 10.

The New York Times, using growth rates in cumulative deaths calculated by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, has estimated that 90 per cent of the cumulative deaths in the US from Covid-19, might have been prevented by putting social distancing policies into effect two weeks earlier, on March 2.

At this time, there were only 11 deaths in the entire country. The US now has the highest number of cases of coronavirus in the world – recording one million as of Wednesday and nearly 70,000 deaths.

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