So the evening “News” is telling us that “Hospitals are overwhelmed” ((again), even though they weren’t overwhelmed last time) by the new “Surge” in Coronavirus cases.
Maybe this time they are telling us the truth. Last time, there were very few hospitals that were “overwhelmed”.
Much like the little boy that cried WOLF!, the media has lied time and time again, and I find it hard to give any credence to the warnings of doom this time.
The statistics are structured to frighten without giving a real, honest assessment. They tell us the total overall number of cases (since March, in most cases) and tell us the number of new cases without telling us how many of those new cases are symptomatic, how many are hospitalized….And they trumpet the number of deaths…but they make it difficult to find out any usable information….They don’t tell us what percentage of tests show a positive, for instance….
When people or organizations use statistics to frighten, rather than inform, I become suspicious.