probably because the US government hasn't gotten to the point where they can weld citizens inside of their homes?
First post nails it.
No come on why your point stands, you know that was not or is not the reason they were able to control the virus.
I absolutely think that the fact that China is an authoritarian regime is the primary reason they were able to get the virus under control so quickly. They had a VERY effective quarantine because they were literally welding citizens inside apartment buildings, using electronic surveillance to monitor and stop travel, and appointed neighborhood leaders to enforce the lockdowns. We also have no fucking idea how many of their citizens died before the government got it under control because, well, they're an authoritarian regime and accountability isn't too high on their list of priorities.
The same things that made China very effective at fighting COVID also make them hot garbage for basic human rights in non-pandemic times. The US has been a COVID shitshow because we give a lot of leeway for our people to make their own decisions, and we've got a lot of people making shitty decisions that basically ensure that as a country we will never get our hands around this thing.
This. Wife’s friend lives in Shanghai. A couple weeks ago a guy popped. They had his name, workplace, and photo on tv telling people to report any contact with him. He came from a village outside Shanghai of 8000 people. Every person in the village was required to be tested.
That wouldn’t happen (and hasn’t happened) here.