For the COVID-19 Policy Makers and Bean Counters

In Quebec, Canada, we’re being subjected to ever increasing restrictions and they are based on  daily data that’s interpreted in a flawed manner. The government has reacted to results showing 1000+ positive cases daily by imposing even stricter rules. But at the same time there are more and more tests being administered daily. A lot more.

The wrong metrics are being reported. The percentage of positive cases vs the total number of tests on a given day rather than the total positive results would be much more meaningful.

Right now that’s 3-4% positive and it’s been that for the last couple of weeks at least.

Never mind how many positive cases are reported.

Produce the graphs using the calculated percentages and you’ll see not only a clearer picture, but one that is actually correct.

Maybe then we can have our normal lives back.


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