The US has 4% of the world’s population but 21% of the global COVID-19-attributed infections and deaths. This column shows that when comparing excess mortality rates, a more robust way of reporting on pandemic deaths, Europe’s cumulative excess mortality rate from March to July is 28% lower than the US rate, contradicting the Trump administration’s claim that Europe’s rate is 33% higher. The US Northeast – the region most comparable with individual European countries – has experienced substantially worse excess mortality than Europe’s worst-affected countries. Had the US kept its excess mortality rate down to the level in Europe, around 57,800 American lives would have been saved.


Aron, J. & Muellbauer, J. (2020). 'The US excess mortality rate from COVID-19 is substantially worse than Europe’s'. VoxEU CEPR Column, 29th September 2020. Retrieved from: https://voxeu.org/article/us-excess-mortality-rate-covid-19-substantially-worse-europe-s
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