Diplomat Michael McFaul tweeted a graph of US coronavirus cases to demonstrate what “might be the most damning data ever concerning Trump’s leadership.”
A comparison of the COVID-19 infection curves of the US and EU show a parallel in the upward trajectory, but the EU’s curve dropped off and then remained at a low level. The response of Europe’s leaders, and the willingness of their citizens to follow restrictions, have brought the EU’s case numbers down — and kept them down.
But the US has had minimal federal response, no unified messaging, and a resistance against scientific data led by the president. The graph McFaul shared shows the result—US numbers dropped briefly, but not as far, and now they are headed back up.
Twitter users have seized on this graph as a way to show the real spread of the coronavirus, and the fact that it did not have to be this way.