‘Less than five‘ will be ‘a multiple‘ of one but ‘Multiple deaths?’
In the Herald today, under the headline above, we read:
An outbreak of coronavirus cases has been confirmed at a major Scottish hospital. A ward at Western General Hospital in Edinburgh has been forced into lockdown after positive cases of Covid-19 were identified and a “very small number” of patients died after testing positive for the virus.
Reading on, we hear that though the actual number cannot be confirmed yet, it is ‘less than five.‘
We don’t find out, crucially, if the patients died because of the virus rather than just after having been tested positive for it. Remember the Glasgow hospital deaths after fungal infections?
The headline is ‘less than helpful‘ as NHS Scotland battles against both the virus and the panicked responses such inaccurate and cynical headlines can only promote.
Below the article we see:
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