Wegwarth and coauthors1 shed some light into why their country of Germany has fared better than the United States in handling the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.1 As of November 1, 2020, for example, the mortality rate per million was 5 times lower in Germany than in the United States (128 vs 715, respectively).2 Indeed, the mortality rate in Germany was lower than almost every American state, including Hawaii. This difference in mortality, morbidity, and lost quality of life is difficult to attribute to medical technology, drug therapy, underlying genetics, environmental factors, or virus characteristics. One contributing factor may be differences in public health messages intended to guide individual behaviors to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Published: December 10, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.32540
Open Access: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the CC-BY License. © 2020 Redelmeier DA et al. JAMA Network Open.
Corresponding Author: Donald A. Redelmeier, MD, MS(HSR), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, G-151, 2075 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4N 3M5, Canada (email@example.com).
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
Funding/Support: This project was supported by author funding from the Canada Research Chair in Medical Decision Sciences and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Role of the Funder/Sponsor: The funding organizations had no role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript; and decision to submit the manuscript for publication.
Additional Contributions: We thank Cindy Kao, BSc (University of Toronto), Kelvin Ng, BSc (University of Toronto), and Robert Redelmeier, BSc (University of Toronto), for helpful comments on earlier drafts of this article. They were not compensated for their contributions, which were part of usual student activities.
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