The 7-day average for Covid deaths yesterday was down from 40.9 the previous day to 35.7. The daily fall had been even greater, from 57 to 31 but, hey, we know daily changes mean little.
Strictly speaking a 24 hour change in the 7-day average is little better and we should be looking at it in 7 day intervals. So 35.7 yesterday, 40 a week before, 47 a week before that, 57 a week before that and 60 a week before that. Now that’s a trend. That’s news, even.
So, my headline above, useless, infantile, is of course just satire on the Herald headline. They lead with this:
The daily average for new coronavirus infections in Scotland has risen for the first time since early January, just days before the routemap out of lockdown is due to be unveiled.
Are they feeling clever because they resisted the temptation to go for the bigger daily change in total cases? Do they know a 24 hour change in the 7-day average is no use either? And the tiny increase in the 7-day average, from 815 to 833? Easy but not headline stuff I guess – testing.
The 7 day average for testing has gone up in the last week, from 17 754 to 18 490. Around 750 more tests being done daily and the infection rate only goes up by 18? What might that suggest about the actual overall infection level? Down, down, down.
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