Spotlight has compared the available pandemic data on 24 different countries and discovered some quite shocking facts. The percentage of population infected varies from 0.006% (China) to 0.656% (Luxemberg). The percentage of deaths from known cases of Coronavirus ranges from 0.55% (Iceland) to 16.26% (Belgium). The percentage of people who have recovered after contracting Coronavirus ranges from just 14.17% (Sweden) to 99.28% (Iceland).
You can view the full report in the Spotlight report section but here’s a quick overview…
- 6 out of 24 countries have over 0.5% of their population infected – US, Luxemburg, Belgium, Ireland, Iceland & Spain (NB: not all countries are testing widely so some figures will be highly speculative)
- 5 out of 24 countries have less than 0.1 of their population infected – China, Australia, New Zealand, Japan & Poland.
- 5 out of 24 countries have a mortality rate of less than 3% of all reported cases – Norway, Luxemberg, Australia, New Zealand & Iceland (Iceland has the lowest at 0.55%)
- 7 out of 24 countries have a mortality rate of over 9% of all reported cases – Sweden, Netherlands, France, Belgium, UK, Italy Spain (Belgium has the worst at 16.26% and UK mortality rate is currently at 14.02%).
- 10 out of 24 countries have a patient recovery rate of around 90% or higher – China, Switzerland, Norway, Germany, Austria, Luxemburg, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Iceland.
- Iceland has the best recovery rate at 99.28% with New Zealand a close second at 97.21%. (UK recovery rate data not available)
- Sweden has the worst recovery rate (at least of all the countries who have submitted the data) at just 14.17%, followed by Belgium at 26.85% and the US at 27.95%)
We know that early lockdown, social distancing as well as early test, track and trace programs all help prevent the spread of Coronavirus but this doesn’t explain why 10 countries have a recovery rate of about 90% or higher while countries like the USA, despite having some of the biggest private health companies, Big Pharma and investors in the world, are struggling to hit a 30% recovery rate. The cynic in me also wonders if Big Pharma, who tend to have friends in high places, might even be protecting their interests. After all, a COVID-19 vaccine would make them a sizable fortune and would be worth a lot more in countries with poor recovery rates.
Perhaps our government scientific advisors could tell us what it is that China, Switzerland, Norway, Germany, Austria, Luxemburg, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland & Iceland are doing differently to treat their COVID-19 patients and has enabled them to hit recovery rates of well over 90%?
Incidentally, in light of this data, it might also be pertinent to ask why our government is so focused on the reproduction or ‘R’ number for determining lock down strategy and apparently ignoring the recovery rate data or the percentage of people dying from COVID-19 in this country?