Thursday, 1 October 2020

The Pandemic in the UK

The latest Sunday Times showed a graphic illustration of the Covid-19 situation in the UK. Unfortunately it was spread across two large pages making it impossible to photograph. I have cut it up and made it into my own amateur visualisation, but, I do believe it gives the current UK situation more perspective. 

One dot represents 10,000 People

People under household restrictions

Confirmed Cases

Admitted to hospital

Covid deaths (white background used - black dots don't show clearly on my brown background)

Rest of the population who are free of the virus

Total UK population 66.8m

25 comments:

  1. It is a very graphic representation on the pandemic, Rosemary, and that is an awful lot of people on that small island.

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    1. I found it reassuring to see that the confirmed cases, those admitted to hospital and the deaths were such a very tiny proportion of the total.

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  2. That's an interesting graph, and you have taken you time to put it together for us to see - thank you Rosemary.

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    1. I thought that it was a good visual representation.

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  3. Hello Rosemary, The relatively small proportion of the confirmed cases is probably sue to the large number under household restrictions. Masks, distancing, and home isolation are definitely the way to go for a new disease that has spread differently in different countries, and still could change or mutate. Also, we have not had a full year of it yet, so who knows what will happen over the winter?

    I hope that Britain has it under control now, and that the numbers will get better and better.
    --Jim

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    1. Hello Jim - until we get a vaccine, who knows how the future will pan out? Research announced today from Imperial College, London, shows some early evidence that the growth of new cases may have slowed, suggesting efforts to control the infection are working.

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  4. Dearest Rosemary,
    You did a lot of work on this but in all, Coronavirus is a serious threat, but it is currently dwarfed by prior pandemics such as the 1918 flu or the 14th century Black Death...
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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  5. It could drag on for a while as even after a vaccine is found, as in the case of flu, people still die every winter of it, or it could mutate into a new strain that is even more deadly, like the 1918 second wave. It may be the Swedish model is the way to go as that seems to save more of the economy although they have very different outdoor social, eating, and drinking habits compared to the UK.

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    1. I think that we all have to be prepared for a long run, nothing will happen very quickly, and there are so many unknowns still.

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  6. Perspective is necessary to combat the anxiety I feel every time I access British news.

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    1. This did offer me some perspective on the situation. I personally do not know a single person who has had Covid-19.

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  7. That's a great visual representation. More and more we are hearing that because scientists know so much more about the disease and how to treat it, the death rate is going down, at least in our area. We are still under caution to restrict gatherings, wear face masks, and social distance. Fortunately, there are just 6 active cases on Vancouver Island, for which we are very thankful.

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    1. Throughout the last six months I have not known a single person who has had the virus - sometimes I feel as if I am living in a parallel world.

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  8. much easier to understand in this format, thanks - interesting and good to see how few are hospitalised.

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    1. When you consider the red dots plus the yellow dots together it puts the remaining dots into a more understandable perspective.

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  9. Looked at another way, the number of deaths so far is about a tenth of those of the UK population who died in WWII, but that went on for five years as opposed to just over six months. The sooner we beat this thing the better.

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  10. A very interesting graph...
    Take care and keep safe!
    Titti

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  11. Dear Rosemary,
    Thank you for taking the time to create your graphs. All we can hope for is a vaccine which will put an end to this bad dream.

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  12. Seeing an overall picture makes us keep acting right with preventive measures apart from unreasonable fear. In my country, 1595 deaths, 85746 infected cases out of about 126.500,000 population, so far. According to the super computer FUGAKU, a face mask stops spray 80 percent at most. 20 percent is leaked out. Take care and enjoy autumn.

    Yoko

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