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The most widely used graphical representations comparing different countries’ COVID-19 paths cloak the fact that some countries had more lead time to identify the best response and take preventative action. The graphs start at a point in time for each country when the virus started to spread, at the 100th confirmed case for example, and compare countries’ paths from that point. But the United States, among other countries, had its 100th confirmed case much later than other countries and had the opportunity to learn…