Odd Numbers on Covid Deaths
As the world stumbles deeper into the second year of The Siege From Inner Space, the numbers get more and more inexplicable. For several months Belgium led the world in per capita deaths attributed to Covid-19, but over the last month a surge across middle Europe has dropped that country all the way down to tenth place.
I "learned" on this board that the relatively high numbers of Belgian fatalities was due to that country's elderly population. No other explanation is permissible.
Always there is only one variable to explain relative numbers during this pandemic -- it is 100% human actions that determine everything. Low numbers mean effective human behavior. High numbers mean stupidity and a rejection of science.
So as we head toward the month of May, Czechia, Hungary, Bulgaria and four Republics that used to be in Yugoslavia have zoomed to the top of the chart. Meanwhile, the percentages are not so jarring yet in India, but there is a massive surge building across the subcontinent.
Now that Czechia (aka The Czech Republic) is in First Place, you can find a description of the mysteries of "new variants" that are bedeviling middle Europe. I even saw one hilarious article that Czechia had moved to the top of the per capita death chart as Europe was contending with a new, more contagious strain of the virus. In the next paragraph, the Scientific Genius writing this article attributed the high death rate to "1000 missteps."
Looking at the latest reported numbers, a few things jump off the screen.
First, within the USA, most of the states with the highest death rate are in the Washington -- New York -- Boston megapolis: New Jersey leads the nation, followed by New York with Connecticut Rhode Island and Massachusetts all in the top seven. Those five states have a combined population of about 40 million. If it were one country it would lead the world in percapita deaths attributed to Covid 19, just ahead of Czechia.
Taking those five states out of the USA stats, the remaining country would come in 20th place.
The gross numbers for the US currently put the fatality rate at 1756 per million -- still well below two tenths of one percent of the population.
I still don't know what a "case" is supposed to mean, but there have now been 32 million of them in the US. The global stats show that the USA had now administered 430 million tests to 330 million people. Obviously some people are tested more than once -- many are tested dozens of times for their work.
Whatever a "case" is supposed to be, the same chart shows that 25 million people have recovered, whatever that is supposed to mean. No matter how you slice those numbers, they suggest that more than 75% of the "cases" are now "closed." What if anything does this have to do with "herd immunity?"
Beats the hell out of me.
There is another stat of interest -- total deaths as a percentage of cases. I have seen published stats that are far less onerous than what you get from doing the arithmetic on this chart. Less than two percent of the cases lead to death.
I have seen and heard the argument about Other Long Term Effects of Covid 19. Oddly, you do not see much on the Main Stream Media about this dimension of the crisis.
What do the numbers show as of April 19, 2021?
This ain't over.
Human intervention has not had any measurable effect on the spread of this virus, which is still growing in its reach. There have been two discrete waves of infections, as widely predicted, and there is no way to know if more waves will come.
There is still no proof that anything humans can do will stop this thing. More and more "experts" are starting to use the term endemic.
The political decisions about how to react to this threat, including evaluating how damaging the virus can be, are not science -- no matter how many internet experts order everybody to believe it.