What could the US have done differently?
Locked it down properly from the get go. The half assed and incomplete measures IMO did more harm than good.
NZ had four weeks in level four lock down, and have been at level 2 for almost 2 weeks and yes the enconomy is suffering, however when one looks at our statistics only death toll of 20, currently we've been free of new infections for around 8 days, 1 active case which I dont think is in hospital.
What we have now is lots of people going "we over reacted, it wasnt as bad as all that, bla blah, blah" its very easy to say that when as a country we squashed the curve
The reality is before we went into the four week lock down the numbers of infected were doubling every 1-2 days and statistical modeling showed that the death toll would have been in the thousands. It sucks for the families of the 20 people who died, however its easier to deal with than over 100,000 and making almost a third of the total death toll from covid19
One of our ex primeministers nailed it when she said "economies recover, dead people dont"