Miscellaneous wrote:Some sensible comments there @masterofnone, thought I'd add this for a bit of balance.Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England Dr Jenny Harries also warns against a "direct comparison" between virus case rates in Italy and the UK, saying this should be done with "caution".
We'll, this is why I alluded to the lack of rigour. The main point was to at least demonstrate why some may think this is a big deal, and why some Italians who were thinking the same thing 2 weeks ago, now aren't.
The real reasons for the disparity in casualty statistics are of course terribly complex (disparities in age, culture, smoking habits etc) and will be the stuff of a great many academic publications in years to come. I certainly have neither the data or domain experience to make anything other than knowingly naive comparisons.