To the Editor, If you have been following the RIDOH website you might believe that you have an accurate picture of what is happening in Rhode Island relative to COVID-19. Although the data is useful, I find certain key elements missing or not easily
To the Editor,
If you have been following the RIDOH website you might believe that you have an accurate picture of what is happening in Rhode Island relative to COVID-19. Although the data is useful, I find certain key elements missing or not easily found, hence this letter.
Shouldn’t the RIDOH present a workable data base to the public? Fear is a powerful weapon. Unfortunately, the presentation of incomplete data only increases the fear related to COVID-19 among many state residents.
It’s one thing to present ever increasing numbers but shouldn’t the public be provided additional facts so we can draw our own conclusions? Information which is readily available to the Governor and the RIDOH?
Previous contact with RIDOH has resulted in the incorporation of age data for the fatalities listed, but it is rather difficult to find on the RIDOH Dashboard.
Almost 80% of the fatalities are elderly, most between the ages of 70 to 100. That is, 70 - 79 26%, 80 - 89 31% and 90 - 100 22% as of noon on Monday, 27 April!
What percentage of the fatalities occurred in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities which seems to be the nexus, vice the general population? The numbers provided / format, are rather vague and usually several days to a week old. This is in contrast to the rest of the dashboard which is updated daily at noon.
Wouldn’t this information help assuage the fears among young, healthy individuals ?
It is often said, “We Get the Government We Deserve!” but don’t Rhode Islanders deserve accurate, practical information presented in a logical easy to use format too?
Alan. G. Palazzo
CDR USN (Ret)