As an engineer, I am always curious about statistics. When numbers don’t seem to make sense, I dig in to see why. This morning my digging took me inside the reported numbers of the current pandemic.
This link https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries is new to me. It may or may not be accurate. These reported numbers are ever-changing and entirely based upon country by country self-reporting. While these numbers indicate impossible degree of precision, we can use them as a starting point to make some observations.
1. The USA number of cases is 311,637 today. Dividing our total population of 329,573,451 means that, while just under one percent, there remains a cause for serious concern because case numbers are still growing.
2. Some counties in the World have been much harder hit than the USA. The chart shows just how bad the problem is in Spain, Italy, France, Germany and even some small countries like Switzerland.
3. China, where most of the World believes this pandemic began, is either under-reporting cases or over-achieving in prevention and cures. What do you think after looking at the chart?
One thing is certain, the World needs to figure out how to handle pandemics much better in the future because this is not going to be the last one.