kyricom

kyricom Beginner — Level 7 says:

Thank you :-)

13 hours ago
kyricom

kyricom Beginner — Level 7 says:

Thanks. Yes, it is nice to see you and some other people from pxleyes here! No, it's not Canada (but close). I live in rural upstate New York. We get about 4 meters of snow per year.

18 hours ago
kyricom

kyricom Beginner — Level 7 says:

I agree that we are not speaking of mutually exclusive positions, but the important phrase above is "for the authors of this study." Epidemiologists are fairly uniform in their conclusions, with congestion and mask wearing etc. being primary factors. These authors are not looking at medical factors. They are looking at economic factors. Even they admit in their limitations that there are probably other variables, and yeah, there are some BIG ones that they ignore because it's not within the parameters of their study. I'm a little surprised that this was in a peer-reviewed journal considering there are some obvious validity issues. But if you limit it to the very narrow parameters they set for themselves I guess it's ok. One of the things they say is that non-whites are more susceptible because they are in lower paid, higher contact (congestion variable) jobs. But comparing NY to Utah in that respect may also be problematic as, for example, Salt Lake City is about 80% White while NYC is only 45% white. NYC has twice as many minorities and 13x the congestion, which is why congestion is a confounding variable. That's not to say their findings don't make sense. The point is that their conclusion appears to be too simplistic, whereas access to good health care, congestion, age, income, and a variety of other things would come into play. But yeah, having good health care is important. That's not earth-shattering.

2 days ago
kyricom

kyricom Beginner — Level 7 says:

You just said that the Covid cases "happened where density of the population is the highest." Yes, I agree with you. That's what I've been saying. The higher the density the more the virus spreads. The more the virus spreads, the higher the fatality rate. It's a pretty straightforward calculus. There are probably many "causes of death," but congestion is probably the main one. So why the difference between Utah and New York death rates? Keep in mind that the term "congested" does not mean the same thing in both states. "Congested" Salt Lake City has 1,900 people per square mile while "congested" New York City has 27,000 people per square mile. The state of Utah has 33 people per square mile while the state of New York has 421 people per square mile.

2 days ago
kyricom

kyricom Beginner — Level 7 says:

So you need a certificate to show you're immune from a hoax?

3 days ago