United States

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Source: United States. (n.d.). Retrieved November 30, 2020, from https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/

Currently, the United States holds the record for most COVID-19 cases, topping off at over 14 million cases as of December 1, 2020. The States is home to over 330 million people and counting. Comparing this number to China, another country represented in this project, China has more than four times the population of the United States. However, the United States has been a country on the watchlist of the world due to the constant rise of cases found in this country. Compared to many other countries, one can see with the chart below that America learns more into the individual mindset. An individualistic culture or mindset is defined as "people are considered 'good' if they are strong, self-reliant, assertive, and independent. This contrasts with collectivist cultures where characteristics like being self-sacrificing, dependable, generous, and helpful to others are of greater importance."

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Source:   Country Comparison. (2020, August 12). Retrieved November 30, 2020, from https://www.hofstede-insights.com/country-comparison/the-usa/

These students from three different states explain their perspective of the United States' response to COVID-19 as a whole.

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California

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Source: California. (n.d.). Retrieved November 30, 2020, from https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/usa/california

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Source: California. (n.d.). Retrieved November 30, 2020, from https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/usa/california

California's initial response was praised for being ahead of much of the nation but as time went on, many people began to ignore guidelines and become more lenient to precautions. This relaxation of guidelines and restrictions has caused much of the state to experience an uptick in cases and sudden lockdown of certain counties. Despite this new development, Bundren explains his perspective of the state's actions and how they have been successful.

While California was highlighted as one of the states that initially fought hard against COVID-19, it was short-lived as many residents began to ignore guidelines from the state. Bundren explains that 

Bundren explains in his opinion how the number of restrictions was something unique to other states. California was one of the first states to lockdown due to the pandemic and has recently went back into lockdown for high case counties. 

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New York

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Source: New York. (n.d.). Retrieved November 30, 2020, from https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/usa/new-york

New York was one of the hardest-hit states in the beginning of the pandemic in the US. Now topping at more than 215,000 cases as of December 1, 2020, the state has begun to see another increase in cases. The state was praised for its initial response and was able to get case counts down to nearly 62,000 active cases from almost 300,000 at the peak. Rachel Gaugler, a senior journalism and public relations major and New York resident, explains the steps New York took to get virus cases down.

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Source: New York. (n.d.). Retrieved November 30, 2020, from https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/usa/new-york

Source: New York. (n.d.). Retrieved November 30, 2020, from https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/usa/new-york

New York worked hard to bring their cases down but with many restrictions being lifted, people have brought their guards down letting more infections seep through the cracks. Gaugler explains what New York had to do to get through the initial huge wave of infections as well as the great job of the governor and government to help New York get a handle on cases.

As of September 2020, there has been a slow increase in cases in the state. Although New York started strong in its response and handling to the virus, it was short-lived. Gaugler explains some ways the state could have improved in their response that could have prevented future increases.

Gaugler emphasized how many citizens in New York are very aware of the realness of the virus and the devastation it has caused throughout the world. She explains here why New York has taken so many measures to prevent more cases and how it can be easy to let loose but how people should remember the virus has not yet passed.

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Nevada

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Source: Nevada. (n.d.). Retrieved November 30, 2020, from https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/usa/nevada

Nevada is home to Las Vegas, a huge tourist attraction that was hit hard by the pandemic shutdown. Vegas brings in the main source of economy for the state of Nevada and without it, the state took a huge blow economically. Nevada is currently reporting a little over 68,000 active cases as of December 1, 2020; the state was seeing a drop in cases up until recently. Sierra Olsen, a junior journalism major, and Nevada resident describes Nevada's response to the pandemic, measures put in place to protect residents, and her concerns for the state.

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Source: Nevada. (n.d.). Retrieved November 30, 2020, from https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/usa/nevada

With the opening of many casinos and hotels on the Vegas strip, there is an increase in risk for cases to soar. Olsen explains how Vegas has been since the beginning and where it is currently headed with COVID-19 cases.

Olsen's concerns are in line with what many people across the globe are feeling. Despite the progress made and the set backs also, Olsen explains areas where the state could have improved and should improve currently.

Olsen explains how because Nevada's income comes from the Vegas strip and most of those pleasentries are in-person, it has become more difficult to generate income to stay afloat. No other state has to deal with an income primarily from casinos and entertainment like Vegas according to Olsen. So the states has has to think of creative ways to still keep up their economy.

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