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by qwerty @, Oregon, USA, Sunday, July 19, 2020, 17:49 (23 days ago) @ hromero

One of the key ways that the experts are gauging how well a country has on its pandemic is the percentage of positive tests. Higher percentages are worse because it indicates that a large number of cases are being missed by those responsible for counting. It also is an indication of how reliable the data a country is presenting with regards to infection rates. The following is just a data page, not a news article. Neither Mexico or the U.S. is doing particularly well. It makes me worried for the health of my family,friends and business. In that order. I hope people will pay attention and recognize how important it is to mask up and take this virus seriously.

If you scroll down a bit with this link you will see an interactive map.
Statistics page

Since diagnostic testing (nasal/throat swab, PCR analysis) is pretty much limited to suspected positive cases - people with symptoms or known exposure to a positive case, the positive rate is going to be quite high, much higher than if the methodology were random sampling. It's really really hard to have a handle on what's really going on. Hospitalizations are probably the best statistic, but that misses people who don't make it to the hospital and whose deaths might not get counted as COVID-19. The best strategy is to stay home as much as possible and wear a mask when in proximity to other humans outside one's "bubble". Not fun and really detrimental for people who need to earn a living.


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