If you listen to the mainstream media (and I don’t recommend it) it’s safe to say you’re probably not getting a balanced picture of the USA’s coronavirus situation.
They go for the headlines, the stuff that looks bad, in the hopes they can pin everything on Trump, or deflect criticism from Cuomo in New York, and generally make people afraid. But there’s a lot of stuff happening that doesn’t make it into the headlines or is ignored.
So, I’ve compiled some graphs, charts, etc., that show you what’s been going on lately that might not be getting the attention it deserves. Some of it is good news, some of it is bad, some just puts things into context, but it all matters.
1. Small businesses are still getting crushed
Have you seen your favorite local restaurant or shop go under? The longer we go without reopening, the harder small businesses are finding it to stay open. Even when this is over (assuming it ever is) your favorite places may no longer be in business.
More small businesses are giving up. pic.twitter.com/zcj5klLBOh
— Aaron Ginn (@aginnt) July 25, 2020
2. Testing, testing, testing
The USA is literally crushing it when it comes to testing compared to other countries. Remember when testing was hyped as the most important thing?
Daily COVID-19 tests per thousand people. pic.twitter.com/VVQMJhBBO2
— Matt Margolis 🇺🇸 (@mattmargolis) July 27, 2020
3. Putting COVID-19 cases in perspective
More tests mean more cases. And when you look at the raw numbers, it looks like the United States is experiencing a spike, while other countries are not. But what happens when the data is adjusted to account for the huge increase in U.S. testing?
it appears we must say this yet again:
“discussing case counts in covid without reference to testing levels is tantamount to lying.”
it ignores sampling rate. test any given population twice as much as you find twice as many cases.
— el gato malo (@boriquagato) July 26,