Public opinion is driven by emotion. Emotion should be based on facts, but we suffer from an inadequate body of data and an unwillingness by the media to report the facts fairly and accurately.
Honestly, I think the media is not smart enough to be able to make the right comparisons and the lens held up to evaluate the problem is too shaky and biased.
How is the US doing v the WutangCurse?
Let me make a comparison: the United States v the European Union (a roughly comparable equivalent).
USA v EU
The United States has 331,000,000 people.
The European Union has 341,000,000 people.
[This is a subset of the European Union which is being used for comparison purposes and doesn’t include all the twenty-eight European Union countries. This is the same subset used by World O Meter from which all the numbers are taken as of 00:00 GMT, 3-31-2020.]
The US has 188,592 total cases of the WutangCurse and has suffered 4,055 deaths.
The EU has 363,150 total cases and has suffered 25,318 deaths.