What are some places where people voluntarily conform to cultural norms?

1. Japan
2. Nordic countries
3. Utah, Vermont

What are some places where the death rate from Covid was surprisingly low:

1. Japan
2. Nordic countries
3. Utah, Vermont

By “surprisingly low”, I mean relatively low relative to the government policy response and age distribution. (Yes, Utah’s rate was lower even adjusted for its young average age). China’s death rate was even lower, but this is not a puzzle given their strict zero covid policy. Australians and New Zealand also had zero covid policies (before the vaccine), enforced by travel restrictions. I am interested in places where there is no clear regulatory explanation.

I recently took the train from Dresden to Prague. In Germany, a very high percentage of people wore masks on subways and trams. In Prague, almost no one wears a mask. Interestingly, Germany’s rising death rate from covid is less than half that of the Czech Republic (which has a smaller population than Germany.) Rules for things like masks, social distancing, etc. Another comparison is Austria (where people wear masks on the subway) and Hungary (where they don’t.) Hungary Covid death rate twice as much as in Austria

BTW, I’m not arguing that wearing a mask makes much sense today—I rarely wear them—only that it once made sense.

Rest assured. Sweden’s death rate was low by global standards, but high by Nordic standards. This fits with the fact that Sweden’s government has not encouraged social distancing like its neighbors.

PPS. still have Another scientific study suggests that masks are highly effective, although these studies are not very definitive.

PPPS. On a recent train trip my wife wore a mask, although I did not. I got sick a day later. (Just a cold, not covid.)

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