We're in a eerie, early phase of the pandemic where the sheer number of statistics gives the illusion of total information. But most of our data is still flawed or incomplete in critical ways, which makes it easy for bad-faith actors to mislead us.
The thing about the international COVID death statistics is, they’re an absolute dumpster fire
"What we’re experiencing now is the fog of pandemic. The officials tracking COVID-19 are swimming in statistics: infection rates, case-fatality ratios, economic data. But ... these figures each have their own particular limitations," writes.
We'll learn more about this disease's human and economic impact soon. But in the short run, we are waging war in the fog of pandemic. We have to be patient and careful about interpreting the flood of incoming data.
most frequent exchange i see on here over the virus is a smart person pointing to what looks like clear data & either giving reason to worry or reason not to panic. & then another smart person being like, actually we dont know! the data is confusing/flawed
“Many of us have heard of “the fog of war,” ... what we’re experiencing now is the fog of pandemic.” Great piece on uncertainty in both quality of data and how to interpret it about pandemic.
Because The US Has Barely Any Testing Stats Due To Trump's Willful Incompetence
"In the fog of pandemic, action must come before perfect information." Striking how true this is for both public health and economic policy response, but likely also individual actions and behaviour changes.
"What we’re experiencing now is the fog of pandemic. The officials tracking COVID-19 are swimming in statistics: infection rates, case-fatality ratios, economic data. But ... these figures each have their own particular limitations," writes
"What we’re experiencing now is the fog of pandemic. The officials tracking COVID-19 are swimming in statistics: infection rates, case-fatality ratios, economic data. But ... these figures each have their own particular limitations," writes