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This is what Canada's COVID-19 curve looks like vs the U.S.

It's not easy for Canada to watch the U.S. struggle with this pandemic, and you don't have to look very hard to see just how big of a difference there is between the two countries.

In fact, Canada has done such a better job flattening the curve than the United State that CNN recently dedicated an entire segment  highlighting the work we've done to help reduce the spread of the virus.

A chart from the segment was especially startling, showing much how much cases in the U.S. have spiked compared to Canada where most provinces have experienced a steady decline.

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Confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. versus Canada. Source: CNN

"Right now, the U.S. is reporting 10 times more positive cases per capita than Canada," said CNN reporter Paula Newton.

The segment also highlighted the work of health officials, specifically Dr. Bonnie Henry, the Provincial Health Officer in British Columbia, and her successful response to the pandemic.

Henry appeared on the segment to explain a number of factors that have helped Canada contain the situation, like a strong healthcare system, early and widespread testing, longer shutdowns, slower reopenings and less controversy over wearing masks.

Henry also noted that political differences—or a lackthereof—have made a big difference.

The positive relationship between Ontario Premier Doug Ford, a Progressive Conservative, and Liberal Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland is pointed to as an example of the way Canadian leaders set aside political differences to deal with the situation.

"It would be like a Democratic governor calling Vice President Mike Pence their hero," said Newton.

Many have pointed out that a difference in population size means the comparison is moot, but Newton points to an overall "healthy respect" for the virus that's resulted in Canada's containment of the outbreak.

Yesterday Prime minister Justin Trudeau said he might skip a proposed summit with the United States and Mexico, citing U.S. tariffs on aluminum and steel and the current health crisis.

The Canada-U.S. border is also set to remain closed until at least July 21, but many are hoping it will be extended until September.

As of today, Canada is reporting 319 new cases to the United States' 57,209.

Lead photo by

Gage Skidmore


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