Such a remarkable change: In February, covid deaths in the US topped 5,000 on the worst day. Yesterday, with two-thirds of adults at least partially vaccinated, it was 250, a 95% drop.
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Was it really 5000 deaths on the worst day? Or was it 5000 death *reports* on the worst day? Reports go through periods of delays and catching up, and the catching up can result in large single day numbers because the deaths occurred over more than one day.
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? Are you downplaying ?
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No, but Covid death stats have a cycle due to slow reporting on weekends. It's misleading to report the cyclic highs and lows as events when they are artifacts of the reporting process.

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As it is, the 7-day smoothed averages already tell a stunning story, from a high of over 3000 deaths/day for almost a month (and over 1000/day for 4 months) to under 300 deaths per day. Except at the very start of the U.S. outbreak, the death rate has *never* been this low.
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Well yes it was, when it was on the way up but yes I hear what you're saying. It's an unnecessary point, that's all. Point is, we're doing pretty well considering where we were. Won't be as good in low vaccination areas.
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Does this really matter? The overall point is that deaths are down DRASTICALLY. What's the point about pointing out the 1 day vs the 14 day trend/etc? It's basically irrelevant.
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Honestly, it's a pet peeve of mine. I don't think a professional journalist should be reporting the numbers this way. There's no need for sensationalism about a pandemic that's killed at least 600,000 people in the U.S. and 4 million world-wide.
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