Our Governor and many other officials try to say the US response has been so bad and often point to Asian countries like Taiwan and Korea and say they have done a much better job. That is very misleading. Mask wearing in the US is consistent with Asian countries. But a big difference is they don’t test a lot, in fact they only test symptomatic people or those who clearly had a contact. See the chart below. There is no testing in Taiwan. It is also a myth that some of these countries ever engaged in strict lockdowns. See the other chart on comparative lockdown stringency. Now part of the lack of testing and less stringent mitigation measures may be lower case incidence. So be careful about inferring any causative relationship one way or the other. Lower cases may be because there was in fact a widespread incidence of infection in these countries earlier, with most cases undetected due to no or mild symptoms. Asians have much lower rates of risk factors for serious illness, like obesity. And there may be a greater incidence of pre-existing immune response capability. But what really stands out is that they just seem to worry about massive testing that only finds asymptomatic cases. And as we have seen with this virus, they may yet have another massive surge.