So, for instance, on a raw basis, there are 83,507 reported cases of the coronavirus in the U.S., compared with 80,589 in Italy. But the U.S. has about 5.5 times the population of Italy. If Italy were scaled up to the U.S. population, it would have the equivalent of 443,237 cases.

Among the same 10 countries, the U.S. would actually rank seventh instead of first. (To be clear, this doesn’t necessarily mean the U.S. is seventh in the entire world because I only did adjustments for 10 countries, not for all 175 countries and regions with confirmed cases).