It is reported that of the 1,133,453 “cases” of COVID-19 worldwide 80.9% are mild and can recover at home.
Thus, 80% of the reported “cases” of COVID-19 aren’t “confirmed cases” at all under the above definitions. They include people who test positive (laboratory-confirmed) or (to use New York’s creativity) people with symptoms that match known cases (clinically comparable).
When the “news” reports new “cases” of COVID-19, thinking people should be skeptical about exactly what they are being told. For example, the now famous headline about the aircraft carrier where the Captain was sacked for raising the alarm about “cases” of COVID-19 on his ship. The truth: 100 crewmen tested positive – with zero “cases” hospitalized — on a ship of 5000.
Or, what about hard-hit Italy much reported in the news? Leaving aside the high percentage of Italy’s population that is in the “at risk” age range (over 23%), the nation counts all deaths from whatever causes, where there is a positive COVID-19 test.
Follow the Money
From various federal sources, there is over $50 Billion in aid which states are scrambling to get a piece of. The worse the situation, the more aid states can tap into. It is no coincidence that here in California Governor Newsom’s “Stay at Home Order” was promulgated the very same day he requested $1 billion in federal aid. New York is doing the same thing by cooking the books on the number of “cases” it reports.
In fairness, in times of national crisis, it is the job of a State Leader to tap into available federal funds to help his constituents. But that doesn’t excuse the rhetoric or political grandstanding based on the “let no crisis go to waste” mentality of some politicians.