Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Is our reporters learning?

From today's Times:

(On Ebola) "scientists on the new study estimated that 70 percent of cases in West Africa go unreported. That is far fewer than earlier estimates, which assumed that up to 250 percent did."

I laugh to hold back the tears.

1 comment:

Sandwichman said...

Two and a half times as many cases go unreported as there are cases!

Actually, if you do the math the "250%" probably comes from the same numbers as the 70%. Let's say there are 100 cases, of which 30 are reported and 70 are unreported. That means there are 2.33 unreported cases for every reported case.