We’ve seen this before – after hurricanes.
There is the original count of people who perished during the event because let’s say a tree fell through their roof and onto their head. That death is directly attributable to the storm.
Then (after the storm) the numbers start to include indirect causes..like the heart attack suffered as a result of dragging a fallen tree to the curb for trash pick-up.
New York’s Corona numbers exploded the other day- adding an additional almost 4,000 deaths to Covid totals. Officials said most were presumed to be COVID related.. both directly and indirectly.
Data has never been more crucial as we move forward and make decisions.
The break-down and context behind the raw numbers is absolutely critical as well.