The Pandemic: How Denmark Did It Right
“If you want to be successful at anything, find people who are successful at what you want to do and study how they do it.”
—B.Eugene Griessman, “Time Tactics of Very Successful People”
The wheel has already been invented and is available for all to see in Denmark.
Nicholas Kristof wrote about his recent visit to Copenhagen in a wonderfully perceptive opinion piece in The New York Times (May 10,2020)
Here are excerpts from his article:
“Some Americans cite Sweden as a model for coronavirus response because it has not imposed a major lockdown.
But, in fact, Denmark, separated from Sweden by a bridge, has been far more successful: Denmark’s death rate from Covid-19 per million people is less than one-third of Sweden’s, and forecasters predict that Denmark’s economy will do better than Sweden’s this year.
Denmark, by saving lives, has also saved its economy, at least so far.
Starting pay for the humblest burger-flipper at McDonald’s in Denmark is about $22 an hour once various pay supplements are included. The McDonald’s workers in Denmark get six weeks of paid vacation a year, life insurance, a year’s paid maternity leave and a pension plan. And like all Danes, they enjoy universal medical insurance and paid sick leave.
One reason Denmark was more effective than the United States in responding to the crisis is that no Dane hesitated to seek treatment because of concerns about medical bills.”