Whenever I see a report on the spread of coronavirus it is generally accompanied by a variation of the graphic below. Giant red circles encompassing massive areas of the globe.
People see this and quite naturally freak out because it appears as if the world is engulfed in a runaway contagion. What is being shown only represents a narrow aspect of reality. I wondered what it would look like if the data were corrected for the number of deaths on a population basis. Unfortunately, the numbers are so small that it doesn’t translate well to a visual because the big red scary dots disappear into oblivion. but it can be shown in a table.
All of a sudden the numbers don’t look so bad. Now someone just has to tell all those stupid bastards who are stocking up on toilet paper that more people won first division Tattslotto in Australia last week than died of coronavirus.