2020 is this
Lots of visors, particularly among train staff (legacy of the spitting murder)The fact that no-one wears goggles (proven benefit, no disadvantages) shows that no-one is actually thinking these things through for themselves...same applies to the absence of any clamour to wear masks in the home, where transmission is most likely
That's more like it...now I require gloves, gowns, proper masks that seal properly, humidity monitoring to prevent rebreathing particles in an aerosol, electrified face to prevent increased face-touching and loudspeaker system so that interlocutors don't need to approach the muffled voice.Lots of visors, particularly among train staff (legacy of the spitting murder)
The Belgian medical authorities have erred on the side of extreme conservatism and have listed all suspected covid-19 deaths as due to covid-19, even in the absence of positive tests, so they'll have counted all their deaths due to the virus and mistakenly counted some other deaths in with the total. Basically the opposite of what the UK government was doing back in April, when it was only counting deaths of patients who'd had a positive diagnosis while in hospital and was therefore massively undercounting.If the US mimics bottom-of-the-heap lockdown-fanatics Belgium's death rate, they will have 270,000 dead - more than double.
Within the U.S., there are also discrepancies in rates between different states. After a group of epidemiologists requested revisions in how the CDC counts cases and deaths, the CDC in mid-April updated its guidance for counting COVID-19 cases and deaths to include both confirmed and probable ones, although each state can still determine what to report. Without accurate reporting of cases and deaths, however, epidemiologists have difficulty in guiding government response.
According to an excess mortality analysis of seven of the worst-affected states, there are an additional 9,000 deaths than expected from prior years which are not explained by official reported coronavirus mortality statistics. In these states the death rate was nearly 50% higher than baseline between March 8 and April 11. (Excess mortality is higher than these figures because some death certificates have yet to be processed and reported).