15 Countries Paying Their Workers More Than The US During COVID-19

The US government has been absolutely killing it as far as the economic response to the COVID-19 crisis, at least according to the US Government. For everyone else, it feels fair to describe the response as “a slap across the face with a wet, piss-soaked sock.” In terms of direct relief, residents of the US have received a whopping $1800 ($600 of this unreceived and subject to change at the time of writing.) Businesses facing insolvency and at the bare minimum, layoffs in the fallout of a global pandemic, were invited to apply for a one-time loan, forgivable only if spent within 8 weeks, with a set minimum percentage going towards payroll. (This was later extended to 24 weeks due to outcry.) Unfortunately, this was after most businesses had already spent most of the loan, the average amount of which was $107,000. (Though some received much more, such as the roofing business owned by White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany's family, which received $2 million.) Basically, business owners and economists alike agree that it was a bad idea that didn't work.

But in such extenuating circumstances and unprecedented times, could anyone have done any better? Here's several countries that say, “yes, absolutely.”

 

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United States CRACKEDEOM $1200 direct relief in March 2020. One-time loan for businesses.t $600 in January 2021.# UNLIMITED FREEDOM!S 'UNLESS YOU'RE

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Italy INO GRACKEDC Italy subsidizes 80% of worker's salaries, up to 22000 (~$2500) a month. After all, they have to make up for COVID's destruction of

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Ireland CRACKED cO COM lreland subsidizes 70% of worker salaries up to 410 (~$450) a week. No, that shamrock tattoo you got in college does not qualif

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Germany CRACKEDO COM Furloughed worker? Germany's covering 87% of your salary. Plenty to cover a couple litres of Hofbrau to stave off those feelings

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France CRACKED C France subsidizes 60% of worker's wages, up to 6225 (~$8000) a month. This includes support for all the naked ladies who, sadly, no l

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Denmark Denmark will cover 90% of worker wages up to 25, 000 DKK ~$4100) a month. Rent on those tiny colorful houses ain't cheap!

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Czech Republic CRACKED COM The Czech Republic subsidizes 60-80% of wages, up to 39.000 CZK ~$1800) a month. I wish my government would cut me that kin

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Canada CRACKEDG COM Canada subsidizes 75% of worker wages, plus an additional $500 a week for the unemployed. Think of all the disgusting flavors of p

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Australia CRACKED COM Australia pays out 500 per worker every two weeks. That allows you to safely stay home, avoid COVID-19, and only worry about all

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United Kingdom CRACKEDcO COM The UK subsidizes 80% of worker's salaries. Hey dummies, why don't you try subsidizing all that tea we threw overboard on

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Switzerland CRACKEDCON Switzerland pays 80% of workers' earnings up to 150,000 CHF ~$1800) a month. Now, Patek Philippe can stay open and keep making

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Spain CRACKED Spain subsidizes up to 70% of monthly salaries, capped at roughly 1,400 per month (~$1550). Muchas gracias, functional government!

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Poland n CRACKEDo Poland subsidizes 50-90% of the monthly minimum wage (E610 or ~$750) and 100% of the cost of reduced hours. I wish the US would tos

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The Netherlands CRACKED G The Netherlands covers 90% of worker wages during the pandemic. Nice! They can spend all that money buying bags of... delici

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Japan YOSMINOYA JUONOH CRACKED Japan pays furloughed workers 15,000Y (~$150) a day. Plenty of money to feed yourself at any number of their incredibly

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