May 18, 2020, 6:42 am
THOR MANSON says
May 18, 2020 at 3:24 pm
As on old ” Stats ” prof. I had as a graduate student used to say. Statistics can be misleading.
Living as I do now in the U.S., I am shocked and appalled by the total number of Covid 19 cases in this country, as well as by the number of deaths. It is downright scary.
However, as bad as this is, the chart above, at least on one level, is somewhat misleading. As I have read on several sites, the total no. of deaths per capita is a much more meaningful number.
The U.S. is the third largest country in the world by population, so it may not be surprising that it has the number of cases and deaths that it does. This does, in no way, make these numbers acceptable or less shocking.
However Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Coronavirus Resource Center updated its site this morning that shows the mortality rates of the 10 countries that are currently most affected by this terrible disease. They measure this as deaths in relation to the number of confirmed cases and per 100, 000 people.
Perhaps, surprisingly, Belgium has the highest mortality rate from the disease at 16.4%. Also surprising, to me anyway, is that Canada ranks 6th at 7.5%, followed by the U.S. at 6%. I am not aware of whether Johns Hopkins breaks these stats down into regions, as I am aware B.C. has fewer cases and deaths than other parts of the country. Still, makes for interesting reading, as we continue to self isolate, and perhaps gives a different take on the stats that are usually reported.
Publisher: Oh Thor I thought you were the bird man? Did I visit you once at GL?
Would be interesting to compare California and Quebec using your methodology. No matter we in BC extremely lucky by comparison to many other areas and jurisdictions.
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