BBC Scotland’s numeracy: Am I missing something here?

to the 11th January. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/live/bbcone When I saw that ‘about 50 200’ this morning, I thought two things. First, there were 160 000 staff in Scotland in September 2021 and more than 50 000 of them were off in one week? The average 12 year-old pupil has been taught to recognise the implausible and go back to the numbers again. Second, why ‘about?’ Surely the official figures will be precise? The website has more but not better: Covid-related absences in the NHS are at their highest levels since April 2020, the month after the first virus case was confirmed in … Continue reading BBC Scotland’s numeracy: Am I missing something here?