Why countries with 'loose', rule-breaking cultures have been hit harder by Covid | Michele Gelfand

Our research shows how ‘tighter’ societies do better – and how the rest must learn to adapt in order to defeat the pandemic

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With a death toll over 2 million and nearly 100 million people infected worldwide, Covid-19 is still wreaking havoc even as vaccines are rolled out. Yet fatalities are far from evenly distributed. Some nations have effectively beaten the pandemic; others have been soundly beaten. Japan’s 126 million citizens have recorded just over 5,000 deaths. With a nearly identical population, Mexico has suffered more than 150,000 deaths and counting.

What explains such stark differences? Wealth? Hospital capacity? Age? Climate?

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