If you know anything about me you know that I’m a big numbers guy. People can hedge and manipulate numbers to suit them or their cause but numbers all by themselves don’t lie. Numbers and data and facts should be incorporated in any leadership decision making process and should be integrated by anyone attempting to understand complex issues. USA TODAY puts out a daily COVID-19 newsletter packed with news, stories, and concrete pandemic numbers. Here is today’s synopsis…
Today’s numbers: Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska and Wisconsin set records for new cases in a week, and record numbers of deaths were reported in North Dakota, a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data through late Friday shows. The U.S. has reported more than 7.3 million cases and 208,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Globally, there have been more than 34.6 million cases and 1 million fatalities.USA TODAY, October 3, 2020
Remember when some of the midwestern states were virtually COVID-19 and folks there couldn’t understand what the big deal was? Many there, and in Washington DC, were singing the chorus that the pandemic was a big liberal city problem and not something rural America had to worry about or deal. This fundamental misunderstanding of how viruses spread, along with the absence of a real national strategy to combat COVID-19, has led to a deadly game of whack-a-mole. We will never get the upper hand on this thing, much less start to heal our economy, until a consistent (and science led) national strategy is in place and consistently enforced.
Source for this blog: USA TODAY