Here’s an updated graph of COVID deaths per country, this time with the beginning date marked as clearly as possible.
Note that the US and Sweden are close to each other, even with very different strategies. Also notice that countries that isolated early and hard are at the top. Yes, it all started earlier there but look at the shape of the curve.
So if you want to argue that US is doing worse than everyone else in the world on COVID, it’s your American exceptionalism talking.