- Nov 29, 2011
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- Cockburn Doctors
yep. In Australia in 2019 there were 214,377 notifications of laboratory-confirmed influenza (i.e. doesn't include the people who didn't see a doctor or visit hospital) and 902 deaths. Big scary numbers if the media reports them every day (which they didn't).It doesn't work with the narrative to highlight that Australia has reached the million case milestone, because most of them are from the last three weeks and we haven't seen bulk deaths.
When I ran the numbers, in order to reach the 2% case fatality rate that governments were quoting, we need 815 deaths a day for the next three weeks.
NSW, with a bulk of the current active cases hasn't had that number of deaths total.
Big numbers are useful and scary, until they aren't, then they disappear.