Weekly COVID-19 (Coronavirus) statistics and analysis flipbook

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COVID-19 statistics and cases around the World

The purpose of these posts is to provide a brief once a week look and update to what the Covid-19 data is showing around the world in the form of easily digestible images & charts. We hope you get something out of it. COVID19: Global New Cases per million   COVID19: Cases EU Latin Americ and US   COVID19: US vs EU vs Latin America Deaths  

Do face masks work?

Advice on wearing face masks has differed between experts but now many countries are introducing mandatory face coverings in indoor spaces. Below we look at the possible effects of face masks on slowing the spread of the virus. First, here is the Reddit explanation:


Why wear a face mask  

COVID19: New Cases in New York  


Some restrictions have lifted in New York and face masks remain mandatory when social distancing is not possible. This graph makes it look like face masks are a panacea for the virus when introduced in New York. However, when we look at California new cases continued to increase after the introduction of mandatory face masks.  

COVID19: New Cases in California  

COVID19: UK, Sweden and Denmark  

More COVID-19 Statistics and Analysis

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Data sources

This is a list of some of the main data sources we use: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ Probably the best source of the latest COVID-19 statistics https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-the-hammer-and-the-dance-be9337092b56 Tomas Pueyo has written a number of very good summaries of the strategies to overcome coronavirus https://www.capitaleconomics.com/the-economic-effects-of-the-coronavirus/ Good source of fast-moving China economic stats. https://bnonews.com/index.php/2020/02/the-latest-coronavirus-cases/ If you want to be bombarded with every breaking news story, this is the place https://ncov.dxy.cn/ncovh5/view/pneumonia  Faster than worldometers for Chinese data, but slower on rest of the world data. I don’t think China cases matter anymore. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports I’m less enamoured of the WHO data now than I was at the start of the crisis. They are providing less information now than they were at the start of the crisis, and it sometimes contradicts country-level data. https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6 The prettiest pictures, but one of the slower sites to update. I don’t find the charts that useful. https://www.youtube.com/user/MEDCRAMvideos has a daily youtube wrap-up https://www.youtube.com/user/ChrisMartensondotcom has a daily youtube wrap-up https://www.reddit.com/r/CoronavirusMemes/comments/gaocga/wear_your_mask_the_urine_test/


Denise O’Sullivan is a data scientist at the Macrobusiness Fund, which is powered by Nucleus Wealth.



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    • Increasing COVID-19 caseloads were associated with countries with

      – higher obesity (adjusted rate ratio [RR]=1.06; 95%CI: 1.01–1.11)
      – median population age (RR=1.10; 95%CI: 1.05–1.15)
      – longer time to border closures from the first reported case (RR=1.04; 95%CI: 1.01–1.08).

      Increased mortality per million was significantly associated with
      – higher obesity prevalence (RR=1.12; 95%CI: 1.06–1.19)
      – per capita gross domestic product (GDP) (RR=1.03; 95%CI: 1.00–1.06).

      Reduced income dispersion reduced mortality (RR=0.88; 95%CI: 0.83–0.93) and the number of critical cases (RR=0.92; 95% CI: 0.87–0.97).

      Rapid border closures, full lockdowns, and wide-spread testing were NOT associated with COVID-19 mortality per million people.

      So, lockdown had no effect on mortality rate OR overall number of infections

      • surfbeach2536

        If this is so “Rapid border closures, full lockdowns, and wide-spread testing were NOT associated with COVID-19 mortality per million people”

        Please explain any irrelevance of the Thai and New Zealand successes

        I think you have misread the report which says “Event rates as descriptive measures were calculated by dividing the number of COVID-19 related events by the total number of reported cases. “

          • surfbeach2536

            They have assessed “The characteristics of COVID-19 infections among the top 50 countries with the most cases ” or the results among infected people (not the overall population)

        • Please explain any irrelevance of the Thai and New Zealand successes

          maybe he should first explain any irrelevance on the Melbourne success as of 10th of June?

          a month or so ago Melbourne was as successful as NZ or Thailand – now it’s not despite rapid border closures, full lockdowns, and wide-spread testing

          • surfbeach2536

            Thailand had a breakout then a lockdown and now Thais continue to wear masks. Medical staff in Thailand wear masks and other PPE, quarantine staff take their work seriously and wear the appropriate equipment, children at school have desks separated by clear plastic panels. etc, etc.

            The Australian Medical Leaders have taken a long time to get over the PPE hurdle, Masks have always been a CPE (Community Protection Device) something stressed repeatedly to Drs Nurses and Management on a recent visit to Batemans Bay and Moruya Hospitals. Finally today they have to wear CPE as should Aged Care Staff , Ambulance and Police Officers

          • surfbeach2536

            Thai National Institute of Health in reply to WHO documentary producers
            Question: How many labs are able to test for Covid-19 and why is it important to be able to have such a large capacity?
            Answer: Director-General of Department of Medical Sciences has policy “one lab,one province,one day reporting”
            Today,there are 207 laboratories in total across country.
            Question: What is done with the lab testing results?
            Answer: All confirmed cases will be isolated (in hospitals and/or designated area) immediately and until they are no longer infectious to prevent transmission in the community.
            The confirmed cases will be provided by clinical care to reduce mortality.The close contacts will be identified and trace and quarantine and monitor for 14 days.

            Thank you for coming and hope covid-19 will be eliminated in 1 or 2 years.

          • don’t let me start on Thailand
            they had outbreak, they tested poorly, especially at the beginning, and despite increasing number of tests done number of new cases was already down by 75% when any effect of lockdowns were to be visible – basically epidemic ended before lockdowns had a chance to work – same as here and many other places

            What’s even more strange is that they kept lockdowns and curfew for month after despite number of cases dropping to very small numbers – that’s what military junta likes to do to it;s people I guess

            And how well they did overall? They did testing so poorly that even officially they have over 350k suspected cases with covid symptoms that they simply didn’t bother to confirm by tests. Would you trust their mortality data?

      • “lockdown had no effect on … overall number of infections”

        I can see another banning C0ming your way.

        • What are you trying to say here Freddy?

          You disagree with the methodology and results of these PhDs and MDs published in the world’s premier medical journal?

          • I’m saying it is a blatant lie and you deserve to be banned again.

            As though Italy and China didn’t lock down early because they were caught with their pants down. Meanwhile the likes of Souths Korea who had it under control through social distancing measures didn’t need a full lockdown.

            For someone who has often used the term “correlation is not causation” you are very keen to artificially associate correlation and causation in this instance.

        • Doesn’t seem to be working in South Africa, a BCG country with very high rona numbers

      • apart from preventing fat people catching the disease and dying, lockdowns had no effect..
        is it really so hard to understand a thing?

      • I hope this will be a wake-up call to reduce obesity/diabetes/improve health ( Carbs, all Carbs should be taxed to extinction, we dont need them we have a liver )

          • PlanetraderMEMBER


            It always amuses me when people who disagree with something immediately turn to so called experts to prove their case. You need to consider who provides MD’s and dietitians with their information and research. After all, they don;t do it themselves. For example, why would an MD prescribe a statin to a patient because they have high cholesterol without doing a particle size test first to find out whether the cholesterol reading is in fact harmful? Its because what they are taught needs to align with the big pharma story. It isn’t the MD’s fault – they are too busy to have time to do their own research.

          • My PhD was in Physiology but nothing close to diet.Anyway calls of authority in this area do not go far as the science there is pretty weak at best.Dieticians are mostly peddling industry sanctioned guidelines that have been making people fat and diabetics for decades.But High margins are in anything made cheaply from grains/Sugar/”vegetable” oils.

            It is becoming clear that Diabetes/obesity are mostly hormonal issues : high Insuline with NA Fatty liver.
            Cut the carbs (high protein (ideally animals) High Fat and most issues are solved very quiclkly ( within weeks).

            Food pyramide should be inverted.

          • Food pyramide should be inverted.

            Stick to your area of expertise. Carbs and veg protein are very healthy and should be the basis for everyones’ diet.
            Diets rich in beans, lentils and nuts linked to lower risk of early death – study

            High carb, low protein diet leads to long healthy life

            Carbs extend life

        • Bitter Looser Renter

          To be precise – we have a liver and we don’t have to hunt in the jungle for food or run from dinosaurs. But still a carb free diet is a huge ask.

        • Either that or we can let people make their own choices.

          Live by the sword …. etc

          Perhaps we should legislate against jumping off high cliffs?

  1. surfbeach2536

    The Australian Government is so slow to learn then implement.

    Since the genome sequencing of the virus can prove the source of the current Covid19 infections is there any new on a Class Action against MSS or Unified Security?

  2. How can anyone say that masks work?
    not a single curve looks distorted after introduction of mandatory mask requirements … if virus is airborne as many scientist say than even N95 mask would fail most of the time … but
    but that is not important, wearing a mask doesn’t cost much (neither financial nor lifestyle wise) so none should have much of a problem with them (especially relative to other measures that equally don’t work but cost much much more like lockdowns, closures etc)

    so if masks are to be introduced to show government is doing something while not locking people down than I’m for masks. That way we get most of our freedom and politicians get to wash their hands at the end and say we did what we could.

    • Next time you have open surgery, do us all a favour and ask your surgeon not to wear a mask. Thanks.

    • Virus can be airborne and this can cause infections in closed up environments, even with a mask, if you get a bunch of it in your eyes. But most of the time air currents are sufficient to make infection by droplet the main route, and this CAN be influenced by masks. So wear masks.

  3. Viral Load needs more of a mention in regards to face masks. I was skeptical at first but after reading up it does make sense. The theory is a replication race between your white blood cells and the virus. The difference between inhaling a tiny droplet through PPE and a larger viral load with no PPE is replication time.

    That is my basic understanding of it anyway.

        • shame you cannot see the difference between assumptions he made and real world
          he is 100% right if one assumes cov-2 is spreading via droplets only and it is not airborne virus … but hundreds of other scientists don’t agree with that assumption

      • What annoys me is that there’s a debate about this — it’s either effective or it’s not. Why the disparity in views? None of this makes any sense.

  4. Aussies Can't Socially Distance

    The AMA got it completely and laughably wrong back in March when they dismissed out of hand the idea of the public wearing masks. How many people are dead because of that bad advice?

    • No they didn’t got it wrong, covid is an airborne disease so ordinary masks make no difference at all
      even N95 masks would need to be properly fitted (very few people know how to do that) and worn almost all the time to work against an airborne disease

      but again, it doesn’t cost much to wear masks so we should do it, to if nothing else, pretend we are trying to do something

      • Not so, masks of any type reduce exposure. You’re correct in that very few stop all particles but that is not what is claimed nor what is enough to help flatten the curve.

        • if virus is airborne, as it appears to be at least in places of large outbreaks, ordinary masks don’t help at all because virus attached to small particles can freely go through most of masks

          • which part is not true?
            that virus is airborne or that small airborne particles go easily through masks? or both?

          • It;s about exposure to a viral load. A mask reduces the amount of expelled virus and consequently a reduced probability of someone else acquiring ;a viral load. It does not have to be 100% effective to be a worthwhile part of a policy response. Remember too – in real police states the elite would outlaw the wearing of masks.

  5. My PhD was in Physiology but nothing close to diet.Anyway calls of authority in this area do not go far as the science there is pretty weak at best.Dieticians are mostly peddling industry sanctioned guidelines that have been making people fat and diabetics for decades.But High margins are in anything made cheaply from grains/Sugar/”vegetable” oils.

    It is becoming clear that Diabetes/obesity are mostly hormonal issues : high Insuline with NA Fatty liver.
    Cut the carbs (high protein (ideally animals) High Fat and most issues are solved very quiclkly ( within weeks).

    Food pyramide should be inverted

  6. OK … for the stoopid in the room … there is scant data to draw conclusions on covid at this stage and mixing Medical Science with inappropriate econometrics is a fools paradigm. I mean all covid did was – in a blink of an eye – expose all the weaknesses in orthodox doctrinaire economics and its complete inability to respond to a well known historical risk, because incentives and methodology saw no profit in it due to short term market dynamics.

    What we do know at this stage is its ability to overwhelm the weaker private health systems and its physical and psychological effects on its primary care workers, sorta the final protective line to both any economic or social system. Pray tell free market wing nuts how your going to deploy your gold to seek health care or any PPE when everyone that provides it is sick, won’t work do to risk concerns, or dead – especially the higher knowledge based with yonks of experience to back it all up let alone life experience E.g. its not plug and play.

    Whilst were at it LMMAO at those sticking wealth [chortle] in a hole in the proverbial back yard … in anthro they dig hordes [tm] up all the time … per se in England the Romans and the dark ages people left heaps of it lying around … lie corpses of expectations … chortle ….

    • Conflating shonky medical systems, a viral pandemic and precious metal investment is a fool’s errand, and one for which you seem admirably equipped.

      • Its a metal, that some proscribe antiquarian religious iconography to it is another story which is not supported by science.

        PS you lost a lot of gravitas with your non scientific umbrage about not finding cheap kids to sort your landscaping …

    • Alarmist much?
      Which health system has its workers dead, sick or unwilling to work such that care can’t be provided?
      The comments here are laughable.
      Reading considered stuff written by experienced, thoughtful clinicians (as opposed to scientists doing theoretical things in labs) is much more informative.
      There is art and science involved. Getting the balance right is critical.
      MB is so far off base when it comes to COVID it makes me question whether they have a clue about anything else in areas I know little about.

      • So your suggesting we should get rid of MBA’s and market mavens in the health care industry so they can provide a service to society which enables a market to function at onset, not that the clinicians are only using Medical Science to discharge their duties at the end of the day ….

  7. I wonder if we are placing way too much focus on “Cases”?. In AU the recovery rate is is 98% (13,948 Cases, 8,929 Recovered)

    Globally 15,941,806 CV19 Cases, 9,724,288 Recovered or 94%

    Source: Worldometers.info