Release combined demographic and geographic stats on ICU cases and deaths

Release daily/weekly stats showing who the virus is affecting most, and where. For example: 50 ICU patients in Tayside (5 under 65 years old, 20 between 65 and 75, 25 over 75); 1 death in Tayside (over 75).

Why the contribution is important

It provides context to the wider statistics, and provides transparency on risk. If I know that severe cases and deaths are not occurring in younger people in my area, I will not be afraid to send my children to school. If however there is a trend or spate of cases affecting young people, I can be informed and act more cautiously with their interests in mind.

by gsdd on October 05, 2020 at 04:24PM

Current Rating

Average rating: 4.7
Based on: 24 votes


  • Posted by joepublic October 05, 2020 at 16:44

    It is unlikely that will happen as it would show us that this virus is no more deadly than flu.!
  • Posted by adam2092 October 05, 2020 at 17:03

    The concern here is that just because deaths are low in young people, does not mean long-term health side effects are too. If people start simply seeing that deaths and ICU is low among under 65s, they may not also take into account the "Long Hauler" type issues that arise.
  • Posted by drewscotlad October 05, 2020 at 17:45

    Yes this needs to be high priority.
  • Posted by Jbined October 05, 2020 at 17:58

    Yes this is absolutely necessary.
  • Posted by Redfox October 05, 2020 at 19:01

    I'd add that can we ever actually get any figures on those who are in hospital or have died "from" Covid rather than "with" covid?

    You could die from a stroke, test positive for covid and be listed on the covid death stats.
  • Posted by AuroraB October 06, 2020 at 18:51

    The thing people need to realise is that when we talk about people who die of Covid having comorbidities, it doesn't mean they were severely ill/ disabled or that they were going to die anyway. It could mean they had something like high blood pressure or diabetes (both of which are risk factors for severe Covid) for instance, but generally felt perfectly well. Quite a number of people who were in hospital/ ITU with severe Covid fit that profile. This also means that it would be really hard to shield everyone who is at increased risk (think about how many middle-aged people with at least one of those risk factors are around, working in essential jobs, fully paritipating in society). This is why what measures we take can't just be a matter for personal risk assessment - our choices affect other people too
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