Quote from: Pete on August 24, 2020, 09:21:47 amHere's another study about the misperceptions of risk in COVID-19. Some interesting data points from the article;
1. On average, Americans believe that people aged 55 and older account for just over half of total COVID-19 deaths; the actual figure is 92%.
2. Americans believe that people aged 44 and younger account for about 30% of total deaths; the actual figure is 2.7%.
3. Americans overestimate the risk of death from COVID-19 for people aged 24 and younger
by a factor of 50; and they think the risk for people aged 65 and older is half of what it actually is (40% vs 80%).
If you're a facts and figures kind of person and geek out on data like I do, I highly suggest reading the whole thing. While there is absolutely a risk associated with COVID-19, I believe this study demonstrates that Americans have a gross and disproportionate level of concern vs. reality.
This is not to say I don't think they should be working on treatments and/or vaccines. Just to say that data doesn't support the level of hysteria and concern we've been told is necessary.
Quote from: Pete on August 18, 2020, 06:29:21 pmHere's an image I just posted on Facebook today. This is a dot map showing the impact of COVID-19 on the United States in the context of the entire population. Each square represents 10,000 people. Green squares represent people who tested negative. Blue squares represent people who tested positive but have since recovered. Yellow squares represent active infections. Red squares represent people who have died.
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