B0ycey wrote:It is because Germany test like crazy. Not only does that contain the virus better, it gives you a wider group of asymtomatic candidates in the data spectrum. Which is why dividing deaths by confirmed cases means absolutely fuck all. Germany hasn't got magical water. There healthcare isn't better. They simply have more accurate information. Which is why when we have a test that detects Coronavirus antibodies, all governments should invest in it and test their entire populous. That data will give us a better understanding of everything. Because at the moment all action taken is reactionary and may even be wrong.
I hear the Germany earth care system is better. But it doesn’t matter. It would still be overwhelmed if this virus were miss handled.
So testing makes sense. How can a government and health authorities make effective decisions without timely information?
This information can aid containment by revealing geographic distribution as well as who is now immune. So very useful for precision containment operations without having to resort to mass shut downs that stuff up the broader economy.
But more information is useful for keeping the public cooperating with authorities. S Korea, SG and Taiwan have all kept the public informed of spread and alert to what danger they might or might not be in. Also they have educated the public so everyone knows why they have to do the things the authorities ask.
As a result, the public is cooperative rather than fearful and untrusting of the authorities. Western governments stuffed this up by ignoring the problem rather than preparing and then lying or hiding information in an attempt to retain control. And now this ridiculous idea that Asians are more disciplined, communal or obedient than westerners has taken root again. It is racist.
The fact is western authorities just fucked up.