Yes, I know I’m near my coronavirus topic quota but here’s a couple of things you might appreciate.
Firstly, Johns Hopkins have an excellent real-time site of the global state of affairs.
Secondly, and most importantly, within this site you’ll see a category that gets absolutely no coverage at all:
For example, look below at the situation in Singapore. There’s 102 confirmed cases there, but on the other side of the page you’ll see that 72 of these cases have since recovered.
I have been tracking the number of infections of nearby countries over the past few weeks but only just learnt of the recovered cases after finding this site. Yes, it’s important to know the total cases over time, but it’s equally important to know the current number of live cases— 32 in the case of Singapore.
Mainstream media should be including this statistic alongside the total confirmed cases — particularly as they’re still included in the total cases. Including recovered cases would give people some room for optimism and a clearer picture of each countries respective situation.
If the media isn’t faithfully reporting an accurate picture you’ll start getting more countries like Vietnam. It’s clear and present in the list of countries with confirmed cases but check the details: All the 16 confirmed cases have recovered — there is literally nobody in Vietnam with Covid-19!
A final look at the graph in the bottom right of the website gives us a final shot of positive news: the rate of recovery is trending faster than the rate of infection. Whether or not this continues is anyone’s guess but I’ll take the good news where I find it. This would be worth reporting if mainstream media weren’t committed to feeding our innate negativity bias. In any case now you know!