A masterclass in unhelpful data visualisation. Inconsistent y-axes. Doesn't account for wildly different population sizes. Needlessly on separate graphs. Should be population rates (or cumulative proportion), and all on one or few graphs with colour key. bbc.co.uk/news/world-5123510…

Oct 13, 2021 · 9:41 AM UTC

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Even I, a maths illiterate, know this is so wrong.
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Would also be good to somehow take into account positivity - 100/100k at 20% positivity is very different to 100/100k at 2% positivity!
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Absolutely. I have asked this question so many times. There's very little said about positivity % in UK and its so hard to find. Vital piece of information missing
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When I first saw that I thought “what rhythm is that??”
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What happened to 'Catch-your-cough' Goldacre? Natural immunity is better protection against variants surely? But glad ur bk and tweeting. We just needed public awareness of the risk of medicines at the start of vaxing campaign instead of misinformation around them being 100% safe
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Why is natural immunity "surely" better?
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I thought this was market testing for the new McDonald's logo.
depends what your trying to show.
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🤦🤦🤦 Also the media obsession with reporting that big countries had the highest number of cases/deaths.
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Some big countries haven't, though. Take India and Nigeria as examples (the latter despite the government having some rubbish ideas about how to treat COVID-19 on the cheap).
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