I wonder if in the usual flu seasons, they also refuse to treat those who are older or with pre-existing conditions, and that’s part of why they have such a painful flu death rate.
Finance professor and statistician Peter DaDalt, on his personal FB page, weighs in on the anomalously high CFR (case fatality rate) of 8% from Italy. In contrast, Germany at this stage has an enviable 0.3% CFR.
As I pointed out before, limiting testing to people with already pretty severe symptoms will intrinsically increased the CFR by throttling the denominator. In addition, it is heartbreakingly obvious that the healthcare system in the stricken regions is buckling under the strain.
But there is more than that: Peter cites a professor affiliated with the Italian National Institute of Health, who says that, while yes, all these people are sadly dead, re-analysis of the case files showed that in only about 11% of them COVID-19 was the proximate or underlying cause of death.
Now how is Italy doing during bog-standard seasonal flu? This article (hat tip: LawDog) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1201971219303285
states: “We estimated excess deaths…
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