There is a bit of a flutter on the news today.
They have decided that fewer people died from the Virus than was officially reported.
So fucking what?
What difference does it make? Or for that matter what is the importance of the number of deaths from any cause? The individuals whose deaths form the statistics are important to their friends and family but accumulating the figures means nothing.
There is an obsession with statistics. A tiny minority of those statistics are important such as discovering whether an area contains more pre-teens than teenagers [showing a need for more secondary school places] or whether there is a cluster of cancer cases which may be worth investigating, The vast majority however are just numbers which have no relevance to life at all. In a lot of cases they are even tortured to provide mythical figures [the number of lives saved by the smoking ban?].
I have just heard a report the the US has achieved a world record in today’s number of new Virus cases. Is there some kind of competition going on here? The Coronalympics? Should we send a few more Irish to the death camps so we can hold our head up and win a silver or gold?
The problem is that too many people these days have computers to play with.