After a frightening spike of 19,457 new COVID-19 cases back on February 16, health authorities in China have reported mostly single digit increases during the month of May. The City of Wuhan, where the novel coronavirus is thought to have originated, went 35 days without reporting a new case, before a small cluster of cases cropped up last week. China’s recent success at curbing the COVID-19 virus has some wondering if it’s easier to adopt prevention measures in a tightly-controlled society and government. Democracy, after all, is hardly efficient. Charles Hankla is a professor of political science at Georgia State University, who’s been looking at who’s doing the best job of containing the virus.