posted on Mar, 21 2020 @ 06:31 AM
originally posted by: MerkabaMeditation
a reply to: Boadicea
Italy is hardly representative as they have a very large elderly population compared to other western countries. Norway is not a good source either
since about 2/3 of the infected were younger people infected abroad while on ski trips.
I'm kind of lost here... representative of what exactly?
Of course there are always outliers. At this point, I would consider Italy an outlier, but to understand why we would have to know much more than we
currently do. But it still has value both in specific and in general. We really don't know why their numbers are so high. For example, Italy could
be experiencing additional issues like infected ventilators causing Ventilator-associated pneumonia. Perhaps it's a adverse reactions to combining
medications with other medications the patients take for pre-existing conditions. Perhaps Italy's elderly are disproportionately
Experience and the law of averages also tells us that there will be outliers on the opposite end of the spectrum... countries who are barely touched
by the virus. Or, at least, have few hospitalizations and deaths. Neither is representative of the whole. And hence the value of mathematical and
statistical averages. No one nation is necessarily representative of the whole. But all must be considered both individually and collectively.
I didn't know about the young and the ski trips in Norway.