Journalists, Broadcasters, and Pundits Have Been Cherry-Picking Covid Stats

As we near the election, I find myself exerting a great deal of energy to keep my fellow liberals away from the extremes. I have little tolerance for partisanship. At least these days.

One of the big issues for me is the way Covid statistics have been weaponized, if you will. Anyone who thinks about it should realize that a big or populous country will give you different stats. Now if you go to Google and type in “covid statistics”, you can sort the information that they’ve compiled (from sources like the NY Times and the Wikipedia) in all sorts of ways, but in four major ways. Number of cases worldwide, number of deaths worldwide, average number of cases per million, and average number of deaths per million. As you might guess, the numbers are different when you eliminate the size of a country as a variable. Here are the first five countries in each of those lists.