Comparison

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Source: Compare countries. (2020, June 08). Retrieved December 02, 2020, from https://www.hofstede-insights.com/product/compare-countries/

Individualism v. Collectivism:

  • Above is a chart comparing all the countries highlighted from Hofstede Insights. As the chart shows, the United States is substantially higher in the Individualism category compared to all three other countries. This individual mindset has set back the nation for people are more focused on what immediately affects them and their circles versus the Eastern countries' focus on collectivism or how "people are considered 'good' if they are generous, helpful, dependable, and attentive to the needs of others. This contrasts with individualistic cultures, which often place a greater emphasis on characteristics such as assertiveness and independence."

Contact Tracing:

  • One major aspect spoken about from the Eastern countries was contact tracing. This term seemed to be absent from the United States interviews. The contact tracing for many in the United States has been seen as a privacy violation. Under multiple organizations within the United States (The Federal Trade Commission, The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, etc.), there are laws in place preventing the US government from using personal information. These laws prevent contact tracing methods used in Asia to be used in the States. However, this should not prevent the US from implementing a way to contact trace for protecting people from the virus.