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Semi-OT: "What are the Germans doing right?"
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l***@yahoo.com
2020-03-26 03:56:16 UTC
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Given that Germany is currently in the top five nations when it comes to diagnosed cases, the difference in mortality rates looks mind-boggling, at first. (Germany's is less than 1 in 200; the US rate is about 1 in 66; France's is about 1 in 19.)

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries

But...it may well be that one main factor is "aggressive testing," as in South Korea.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/24/opinions/germany-low-death-rate-for-coronavirus-sepkowitz/index.html

Not to mention a very different health care system. Also, Germany has a high nurse population.

Btw, can anyone explain what CNN means by "50,000-foot view"?

OTOH, I was surprised to find that Germans, before the crisis, weren't living as long as you might think - people in more than a dozen other European countries live longer! So, since the virus seems to focus on the elderly, that would help to explain why Spain, France and Italy aren't doing as well. But...it also complicates matters, since Germans DO live almost 3 years longer than Americans!

https://www.worldometers.info/demographics/life-expectancy/



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l***@yahoo.com
2020-03-26 04:08:42 UTC
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Or, rather, it WAS under 1 in 200 - it now seems to be just under 1 in 180.
Terry del Fuego
2020-03-26 12:54:33 UTC
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Post by l***@yahoo.com
Given that Germany is currently in the top five nations when it comes to diagnosed cases, the difference in mortality rates looks mind-boggling, at first. (Germany's is less than 1 in 200; the US rate is about 1 in 66; France's is about 1 in 19.)
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries
But...it may well be that one main factor is "aggressive testing," as in South Korea.
Despite the rantings of a certain spray-tanned psychopath, it seems
that it's still difficult for the average person in the USA to get
tested, so the mortality rates here are definitely inflated. At the
same time, it's now thought that some older deaths initially written
off as flu may actually have been due to COVID-19.

The idea that age has bearing on susceptibility also seems to be
getting increasingly questioned, though I don't know if that's due to
mere anecdotes (of which there are many) or actual stats. It's
possible that the handful of "people" out there currently getting TV
time seriously suggesting age-based genocide for the sake of "the
economy" may get a nasty surprise should that actually become policy.

Still, it's inspiring to see reasonable, patriotic Americans [sic]
doing the right thing by gathering tightly on beaches before flying
home. I'm also uplifted by the videos of themselves licking shelved
items at WalMart as well as public toilets (yes, technically there is
a difference between the two).

The WalMart licker, being so stupid as to upload his video to social
media, was quickly identified and arrested. (In Missouri, make your
own historical a.o. jokes.) At least one of the toilet-lickers wound
up in the hospital, potentially taking the bed from someone with a
functioning brain.

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