Protesters rallying against stay-at-home orders in Michigan, US. (Image: AP/Matthew Dae Smith)

If you think Australia's media coverage of the virus has been bad, be grateful you're not in the US. Plus, COVID-19 responses shape electoral fortunes in South Korea, and is the curve flattening as much as we hope?

Live free and die sick

Yesterday, Crikey looked at the "death cult" thinking of Australia's right wing commentators in the face of the public health crisis. If one needs any indication of the dangers of minimising the outbreak, look no further than the US states of Michigan and Ohio.

Yesterday, thousands of protesters filled the streets of Lansig, Michigan, demanding Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer ease the state's restrictions, chanting "lock her up" and brandishing an array of flags -- American, Trump-themed, confederate.