If there’s one thing COVID-19 has conclusively revealed, it’s that some countries are simply better prepared to handle a pandemic.
A recent study by the Deep Knowledge Group (DKG) aims to quantify this realization. To date, DKG is most notable for having given artificial intelligence a seat on its board.
According to the study, Canada ranks 13th globally when it comes to COVID-19 safety.
DKG data analysts conducted information for the study when countries first introduced restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus infections. Now more a month into the pandemic, the initial findings appear to be validated.
Israel is most effectively handling the crisis. The reason? “The fact that Israel is in the lead is not surprising when you consider that the country is in a permanent state of crisis and has a great deal of experience with border closures and states of emergency,” explains Anastassia Lauterbach, a DKG AI and data expert and board member.Germany and South Korea round out the top three, respectively.
Eight of the 10 safest countries are in the Asia-Pacific region. The United States did not crack the top 40.
The study considered more than 70 criteria to determine the ranking. Categories include quarantine efficiency, travel restrictions, government management efficiency, monitoring and detection, the scope of testing, and emergency treatment readiness.
As of writing, Canada has 36,800 coronavirus cases.