The New York Times has a good review of coronavirus statistics and analysis. Apparently it is updated on a regular basis. Worth your time to view this information:
- One-third of deaths prescribed to coronavirus occur in senior facilities.
- 5 states appear to have increasing numbers of cases (Virginia, Arkansas, South Dakota, Maine and Montana).
- 22 states appear to have the same number of cases each day.
- Cases in the remaining states are decreasing with New York dropping significantly.
- Curves for new reported cases and new deaths are dropping even as testing has increased significantly.
- There may be an undercount of deaths because of limited testing.
- Specific populations and industries appear to have higher rates of coronavirus
Not included are statistical analysis vs. population. (If I did the math right)
- There are 7.8 billion population (with a “B”) in the world with a death rate of .0046
- There are 330 million population (with an “M”) in the United States with a death rate of .0242
- Orange County, where I live there are 3 million population with a death rate of .0027
How inclusive is the count is another matter:
- Early counts might not have included many because coronavirus was not expected.
- Counts may be too inclusive-the death of someone with an illness, any illness, having also contracted the coronavirus is included in the count. (Apparently deaths due to the flu are way down this year).
- Hospitals receive more money when a patient has the coronavirus and even more money if the patient is placed on a ventilator.
We really don’t know much yet-lots of statistics, lots of claims, lots of hype.
We do know one thing-people are hurting badly by the lockdowns and must get back to some level of normalcy. Work, school, socialization, sports, whatever. We deplore the deaths—each death a tragedy to someone, family, friends, community.
States and cities are beginning to open up. Let’s do it right with precautions but let’s do it quickly.