Update: Now We Are No. 14, Sweden No. 26
Three months ago I left this bit of unfinished business on this board: We're Number 8!
At the time, I got corrected and we were actually Number 10 in per capita deaths from the Asteroid Virus. As of today according to Wordometers, the American death toll is 1042 per one million population, ranking us 14th in the world. Leading the planet is the microstate of San Marino, but in second place is Belgium (1656 -- 60% higher than here) followed mainly by European countries in the Top Ten. Leading the Western Hemisphere is Peru at Lucky Number 7, with about an 8 percentage point lead on us.
The "herd immunity idiots of Sweden" have experienced a winter surge in cases and fatalities after seeing a huge reduction in both infections and deaths over the summer. Yet, relative to the rest of Europe and the rest of the world, Swedish numbers have now dropped their standing to Number 26. And, even as their weekly death rate has risen about five fold since the summer -- their increase was less than we have endured in the USA over the same months. Our fatality rate per million has risen by 400 while in Sweden it has increased by 254 -- a difference of 57% worse than those idiots.
The overall picture in the USA shows that we just passed one tenth of one percent of the population dying as a result of contracting the Asteroid Virus. For perspective, the various estimates of American fatalities during the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918-20 run from 600,000 to 800,000 or more. So, if the number of victims doubles, we will have the roughly the same number of deaths. But we have more than triple the population now -- which means the current level of carnage would have to multiply itself more than five fold to catch up with the Spanish Flu pandemic.
Specifically, the chart shows that the USA leads the world in "cases" -- closing in on 20 million. I do not know what that means. It could mean 20M total positive tests, ignoring the reality that some people get tested dozens of times with false positives skewing the numbers. Or it could mean 20 million people confirmed as being infected.
Whatever it is intended to convey, it ties into another puzzling category, "Total Recovered." Over eleven and half million.
And this one is most puzzling: "Active Cases." Closing in on eight million.
What jumps out at me are the big numbers of people who have already contracted the virus in connection with the gross numbers of serious illness and death. Total number of active cases, 7.8 Million. Total number of recovered, 11.8 million. More than 19 Million either had it or have it.
Two more categories:
Serious, critical = 30,000
Deaths = 350,000
Total diseased or currently in critical condition -- make it 400,000 to make the arithmetic easy.
19 million either active or recovered
400 thousand dead or currently in jeopardy
2.1 percent of those conidered a case
A bit more than one tenth of one percent of the entire population
Nobody knows how many more will die from the virus or when it will stop infecting more victims. But those are the published numbers as of the last week of 2020.