Post by abelard
alleged cases deaths ratio
1 USA 1,795,635 104,581 17.16
2 Brazil 468,338 27,944 16.72
3 Russia 396,575 4,555 87.06
4 Spain 285,644 27,121 10.53
5 UK 271,222 38,161 7.11
6 Italy 232,248 33,229 6.98
7 France 186,835 28,714 6.5
19 Belgium 58,186 9,453 6.15
15 Mexico 84,627 9,415 9
This should come as no suprise. National statistics are known to be incomparable and scientists have been noting this from the outset. Countries adopt the most reliable means they have to reliably assess the curve, not absolute values.
But I would also note that trying to use national statistics for cause and effect is not only wrong, it's completely misleading.
If we look in detail at any country, we see large regional variations; these variations are generally greater than the differences between nations.
In order to establish why death rates are higher in some places than others then we need to drill down to a more local level.
For example, air pollution, particularly micro particle pollution, seems to be a relevant factor, both statistically and from medical research. Lets' just imagine that it's the only factor; comparing national statistics would only indicate the proportion of vulnerable regions, it would do nothing to help us identify the source.
It can also lead to complacency. There are some countries which have some comfortably low figures, at a national level, but at a regional level there are hotspots every bit as bad as those countries that have high national figures.