Russia has had amazingly few reported cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, even though most of the country’s land area is in Asia and it shares thousands of miles of border with China.
Here are few possible explanations in the CBC video below:
Russia closed the border with China very quickly
Patrols through Asian communities looking for people with symptoms of the disease
Holy water blessed by Orthodox priests
Two-week quarantine on visitors from China
Large numbers of cases might be not reported
Another possibility not listed: consumption of large amounts of vodka kills the virus.
As I noted in another thread, high humidity appears to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, which may explain the lack of community spread in tropical regions. On the other hand, Russia is much colder and drier than most locations in the US and western Europe where it has spread very quickly.
According to a Russian scientist, the current outbreak should be over by summer with appropriate government actions:
Are there factors that I missed?
What factors do you think have been most important?
Is there anything the US and Europe should learn from the apparent Russian success?
Or is it just that the Russians have been really good at hiding the true number of cases?