Reporting Covid data with context

The inquiry should look into the effect of reporting daily cases, hospitalisations and deaths without putting these figures into context.

Why the contribution is important

We have never been told before on a weekly basis how many people lost their lives from a specific illness. Without putting these figures into context, people formed a distorted view about Covid death numbers in UK. People don't realise we lose about half a million people a year in UK and that Covid is not the biggest killer in this country. We don't test for flu. If we were to do that, at the same frequency as we do for SARS Cov 2, then huge number of cases would be reported. But we don't do that even though the flu vaccine isn't always very effective.

by smskar on September 28, 2021 at 01:32PM

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  • Posted by RMC76 September 29, 2021 at 09:07

    I agree with the above comment. Daily reporting is now only serving to fuel peoples' fears and keep parts of society unnecessarily restricted. I alos object to what is considered a Covid-19 death as these should only be recorded if it was the primary cause of death.
  • Posted by Mgtmail September 29, 2021 at 17:23

    It appears that the constant daily reporting of Covid deaths (which can never be fully believed due to inaccurate reporting mechanisms) only serve to continue to frighten people and keep Covid at the forefront of their mind. No such information is published about any other deaths, including cancer, heart conditions, drug related deaths. So why the focus on Covid ? In terms of the information regarding how many positive Covid tests recorded daily, this again is unnecessary; we dont see daily rates of other viruses or conditions. Sometimes saturating people with information has teh opposite effect and this is one instance where I believe there are not a great many people who take notice of the statistics anymore
  • Posted by djay September 29, 2021 at 21:30

    We also don't see a running total of deaths for other seasonal diseases. This was another unique reporting mechanism introduced for COVID.
  • Posted by Jacky September 30, 2021 at 17:42

    Agree, as if we totalled those who died of cancer, mnd and other diseases how would covid compare. Why if someone was seriously ill with something else and caught covid is this death considered a covid death
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