There’s a word missing in the headline – the.
The headline above the text dropped the the too:
Covid Scotland: International travel had ‘major impact on first wave death rates’
In the text, they do write:
International travel had the biggest impact on death rates.
Here’s what the research by Aberdeen University actually said:
A new study comparing countries most severely hit by COVID-19 during the first wave of the pandemic has found that international travel showed the biggest impact on increases in death rates. They found that once adjustments were made for these factors (age, obesity, smoking, population density), as well as for the impact of socioeconomic and environmental conditions and healthcare systems, the biggest increase in death rates was associated with international arrivals.
Their work focused on the early stages of the pandemic, using international travel data for 2018 as a proxy for 2020 data before international travel restrictions were imposed. They found that an increase of a million international arrivals was associated with a 3.4% increase in the mean daily increase in COVID-19 deaths during the first wave of the pandemic. Tiberiu added: “We found that international travel was the strongest predictor of mortality increase.
Why did the the disappear in the Herald headlines? Why not reveal the facts as they are? Was it a subconscious decision based on just knowing what the corporate owners would expect?
I don’t know.