Trump’s Explanations of Coronavirus

Trump’s Explanations of Coronavirus. This came as part of an interview with Australian Jonathon Swan (son of the ABC’s health guru Norman Swan). There is a very basic misunderstanding betweeen the President and the interviewer about which statistics are relevant. Some are calling the interview a trainwreck. Perhaps, depending on your viewpoint. But it is interesting:

If we’d gone herd, we would have lost millions of people. …

Those people who really understand it, say it’s incredible the job we’ve done. …

It’s under control, as much as you can control it …

Because we are so much better at testing than any other country in the world, we show more cases.

We’re lower than the world

Jonathon wants to compare the US by deaths as a proportion of population, not as a proportion of infections, as the President wants.

You can’t do that!

Jonathon points out the South Korea has 51 million people but only 300 deaths:

You don’t know that!

See particularly the bit with charts, from 13:30. Spin versus reality. Draw your own conclusions.