With that I'm largely in agreement.This scenario regarding the public data we are recieving is weird. Have been looking at it in detail by pulling in data sets from the internet and the various APIs that have popped up all over the place.
The only conclusion that can be reached is that we don't actually have enough information. The officials in the various countries might, but definitely we don't, despite staring at charts intently for days.
As an example, a day ago I argued with someone that the covid death rate cannot be assumed to be accurate. Today, I am arguing on the other side of that same death rate. It is definitely a factor, but what weight does it really carry? How good the medical facilities are? How old or healthy the people are in that hotspot? The government guidelines as to what is defined as a covid death?
We haven't even scratched the surface of what each of the numbers mean, so in essence we are playing number games here. But in mitigation, this lockdown is partially the problem.....idle minds and all of that
We simply don't have enough data to draw even tentative conclusions about the real CFR for this pathogen.
Absent the data, rushing to judgment and acting precipitously (such as the lockdown fatwa by Ramaphosa et al) is akin to throwing bones, no different in substance from the worst caricature of darkly ignorant medieval superstitionism.
I for one am deeply dismayed beyond words by the self-inflicted catastrophe that, bar a miracle, is certain to engulf us all and blight the lives of our children and our children's children. It is all so unnecessary, and could have been avoided had calmer heads prevailed.