The omicron paradox.
What omicron should teach us about collectivism: what may be less severe for individuals has been more severe for society.
If you were to chart, by country, the number of confirmed COVID deaths per million on one axis and GDP per capita on the other (below), there is no other country with as high a GDP with as many deaths; America has, pound for pound, fared worse throughout this pandemic than any other country on Earth. This is particularly astounding considering the wealth of our country, the fact that most of the world’s public health infrastructure was modeled off of ours, and that we spend nearly a fifth of our entire economy on healthcare.
Why did we fare so poorly?