The expert in health emergencies for the World Health Organization says in order to contain the Wuhan Coronavirus, ya gotta get aggressive. That's why he has praised the cities like Singapore and Hong Kong, who were hit early with COVID-19 but wasted no time in fighting the virus once it appeared.
Singapore and Hong Kong both used "systematic, government-led approaches" to quickly develop COVID-19 tests. The two cities also sent those tests to every single lab available in their areas. Now both have less than 200 COVID-19 cases.
Harvard Global Health, meanwhile, says that both Italy and Iran have been lackadaisical, with their governments seeming to ignore warnings about the Coronavirus at first. The Institute's Director continued the criticism with "You had Iran's Deputy Health Minister talking about it on national television while coughing, but really not taking it seriously." Iran's Deputy Health Minister would later contract COVID-19.
So, how do leading epidemiologists feel about the U.S. government's response to the COVID-19 outbreak? "The worst of any country affected", according to Harvard Global Health, with their Director adding "I don't understand it. Vietnam has tested more people than the U.S. has! Without testing, you have no idea how extensive the infection is and you then can't isolate people."