What I've Learned From the Coronavirus Crisis

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You mean like the fact that our infection rates are lower that most?
I hope so, but wouldn't it be helpful to confirm that with testing kits?


Why in the hell were the testing kits refused by the Trump Administration?
 
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I hope so, but wouldn't it be helpful to confirm that with testing kits?

I agree, the federal government's initial handling of the testing was a failure.

Thank goodness the private sector was there to make up for the shortcomings.
 
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I agree, the federal government's initial handling of the testing was a failure.

Thank goodness the private sector was there to make up for the shortcomings.
To be precise, you must mean the Trump Administration's failure. When do you think the private sector will finally get around to supplying the testing kits in the numbers needed? Next month?


 
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There's a long way to go, but so far Europe's democratically socialist systems are among the countries with the highest infection rates. On this page, sort the table by "Tot cases/1M pop" i.e. the per capita infection rate.


By this measure the US is faring much better (and yes, much can change quickly).
It is misleading to call that column titled "Tot cases/1M pop" the "per capita infection rate."

More accurately, it is the "per capita reported confirmed case rate" since the "Tot cases/1M pop" column data is not a measure of how many people in those countries have actually become infected.

And, the actual "per capita infection rate," as you called it, could be significantly higher in countries-like the US-which haven't enforced population isolation as greatly when compared with other countries, including Italy.
 
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It is misleading to call that column titled "Tot cases/1M pop" the "per capita infection rate."

More accurately, it is the "per capita reported confirmed case rate" since the "Tot cases/1M pop" column data is not a measure of how many people in those countries have actually become infected.

And, the actual "per capita infection rate," as you called it, could be significantly higher in countries-like the US-which haven't enforced population isolation as greatly when compared with other countries, including Italy.
Agreed, this is imperfect data. The US rate might be higher ... or even lower. Time will tell.
 
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Agreed, this is imperfect data. The US rate might be higher ... or even lower. Time will tell.
Perhaps, the "Tot cases/1M pop" column data is a better indication of how many people per capital have actually been tested?

But alas, like you said, this is imperfect data and time will tell...
 
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I agree, the federal government's initial handling of the testing was a failure.

Thank goodness the private sector was there to make up for the shortcomings.
How did the private sector make up for the shortcomings?
By exposing millions in crowded markets, to make up for the lack of exposure in cancelled events?
Or by promising to have a bunch of stuff in the future that we should have had a couple of months ago.
 
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Yep. I posted this on Friday:


Perhaps Nat or one of the Republicans here can tell us why Trump & Co. have refused the WHO testing kits.
There is a worse one IMO. There are several domestic sources capable of manufacturing test kits. But there is some kind of red tape that prevents them from doing so.

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