The Expat. I mean this as a serious discussion question, so I hope I get serious answers. In the K-blogs we frequently read what a waste of time and/or failure swine flu prevention measures are in South Korea.
If that is the case (or even if it isn't), why does the United States have a per capita death toll eight to ten times higher than in the ROK? Specifically, the most recent mortality numbers in South Korea are 82 (though that has probably gone up at least into the 90s or even triple digits), while the last widely released figure in the US was a couple weeks ago at 3900.
That's nearly fifty times the number of deaths, but the US is only six times larger than South Korea in population, so with those numbers, we're looking at an 8-to-1 ratio when we compare per capita rates.
South Korea's relative isolation could be a reason, but Hawaii is equally as isolated (almost everyone comes in and out through airports which are equipped to check for people carrying fruit in their bags), but the ratio still holds. Is South Korea under-reporting? Is the US over-reporting? Are the ROK regulations really working?
What explains the discrepancy? Discuss. (Incidentally, the catalyst for this question was a remark at Ask The Expat, but I've been mulling this as a discussion topic for some time.)
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