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Why is there so much confusing info regarding covid19? - jacqueg - 04-30-2020

Because it is a confusing entity. This article summarizes the reasons.

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/04/pandemic-confusing-uncertainty/610819/


RE: Why is there so much confusing info regarding covid19? - Minivanmotoman - 05-02-2020

Excellent article covering all aspects and the complexity of all health and biological issues. It's  not simple nor straightforward leaving much room for interpretation and discussion.

As anyone who has ever read about big pharma studies n stats. They can test till they get the statistical result desired.


RE: Why is there so much confusing info regarding covid19? - jacqueg - 05-03-2020

More reason for confusion - https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/03/world/asia/coronavirus-spread-where-why.html

It's not at all clear why some countries have been hit hard, while their neighbors have been hit hardly at all.

To me, it's not just that this is a novel coronavirus - it's also that it isn't acting like other infectious viruses.

There are quite a few pieces to this puzzle, and the overall outline is far from clear.

Stay careful.


RE: Why is there so much confusing info regarding covid19? - maki2 - 05-03-2020

Some countries are not doing accurate data collection, they don't have the infrastructure and financial budget for that.

Some countries do not wish to share the data due to the stigma and criticism.

Some countries also don't want their own citizens to know the real data as that could lead to rioting and revolution of the government. Outside influences can take advantage of such situations.

As to why some countries are not hit as hard as others. That is pretty easy to answer, they don't have a lot of international travel happening therefore they have had little exposure to the virus in many regions of the country that do not have airports or other mass transportation. Travel is a luxury beyond the reach of many people in certain regions of the world. One of the reasons the USA is so hard hit is because of its relative wealth that allows personal as well as business travel to all regions of the country. The business conventions of various types and activities such as travel during spring vacation in the USA did quite a lot of spreading across the nation of Covid 19. Also it takes money to be able to participate in large music and sports venues that have people sitting and standing close to each other and also have a lot of touching of surfaces by a great many people happening. Travel in the wealthier European nations has done much the same thing to some of those countries. Plus of course there is more contamination happening in larger cities where people live and work closely and use mass transportation and work in buildings of very large sizes with large numbers of employees.


RE: Why is there so much confusing info regarding covid19? - WanderingRose - 05-03-2020

It is a new virus, and so scientists and epidemiologists are still learning about who it most affects, how and why.

The flu virus that hit in 1918-1919 affected mostly younger people, from what I have read, who could become ill in the morning and be dead by nightfall.

It’s a mess, that it is.


RE: Why is there so much confusing info regarding covid19? - Tony's Dream - 05-03-2020

Some countries don't know how to deal with it or treat it. Just like UFOs, the government doesn't want to share information it does not know how to deal with. It makes them afraid. So it will produce the information it wants to share. Just like in the US, they refuses to test everyone because they are afraid of the results. If you only test some of the people and it looks like fewer people are testing positive, it looks like they are succeeding in controlling the spread. If you control the information, you can control everything. Why will they not release more statistical information about what groups of people are testing positive? All we are hearing is the age break out, not the race or ethnic profiles. They want you to focus on the virus not who is getting sick. A clear pattern of information control.


RE: Why is there so much confusing info regarding covid19? - jacqueg - 05-03-2020

Several comments, and not a single person has addressed anything that the article actually said.

Oh well.


RE: Why is there so much confusing info regarding covid19? - maki2 - 05-04-2020

there is a good article on it in this Monday, May 4 edition of the New York Times. Covid 19 articles are free to read, no subscription required.


RE: Why is there so much confusing info regarding covid19? - B and C - 05-04-2020

Is it because the statistics are too general? IDK. I wish they were broken down by age, race, what pre existing conditions and area within a county. All the info I have seen is very vague on real facts.


RE: Why is there so much confusing info regarding covid19? - WanderingRose - 05-04-2020

From what I understand, hospitals haven’t consistently been asked for lots of demographics on patients, and the hardest hit areas were barely able to tally admission and death numbers every 24 hours, much less collect and collate other information that would be helpful in retrospect.

I suspect that when things settle down, some of that will be done.

If you have seen any of the news accounts of emergency rooms in places like Chicago and New York City, and interviews with the health care professionals manning them, they have been under siege in ways they could never before have imagined.

Statistics will come over time.