Today is an anniversary day.
This day last year our beloved HSE launched their Covid website where they publish their daily figures.
The site, and its sister site is a statistician’s wet dream, full of numbers and statistics. There are daily figures and weekly figures. Rates per 100,000 and percentages of county populations. Rankings of county performance and breakdowns of age and gender. The list is almost endless. There are even interactive charts and maps. Individual family tragedies are drowned in a sea of figures.
I confess I have been following the site over the year. I’m not some kind of health fanatic who is going to panic at a few statistics, but I am interested with numbers in general. I take a detached view as numbers in my area rise or fall and have been following Wicklow’s progress in the league just for the craic. For a long time we were number one at the bottom of the league but a couple of weeks ago we slipped to eighth place but have since climbed to third spot.
One little figure that barely gets a mention is the median age of deaths. For the duration of the third wave that figure has hovered around the 81 to 86 mark, so half the deaths are in people whose ages range from 80 [or so] up to 104 which I think was the highest I noticed. The pensions people must be delighted at this little cull?
They reckon our current “total lockdown” is now going to last until April at the earliest and possibly even May. It’s hardly killing off the pandemic after eight weeks, so what is a further six weeks going to accomplish? Other than further misery and completing the annihilation of small businesses and bankrupting the country of course.
Today is another anniversary too.
But I’d prefer to forget about that one.
It just makes me feel old.
1000111 if you must know..