We are often (like nearly daily) required to make quick judgements on information we may see or hear. Most of the time we won't invest much in arriving at our judgement. We simply have better things to do that invest in research.
For this, reason we can use some simple rules of thumb to make quick judgements.
One of mine is: If "immunity" is touted in the description of some elixar, exercise or whatever you won't be wrong most of the time if you assign it to the "quackery" pile.
"Enhancing immunity" is used in advertising because it is difficult for the FDA or real doctors to charge you with fraud. It is a cloudly claim.
So when no time is available discard anything making such claims.
May I suggest you keep your original ones as well. Just to be fair and admitting to being in error. Error because of the good news that the lockdowns are working. You know, those lockdowns that Trump wants to lift.
It's clear that your problem is testing and reporting. Stop that and the covid-19 problem goes away.
Clearly that is what the crazy right sources that Faith used is trying to do. It's hard to actually stop it all but it is easier to fool folks like her into not believing the more valid answers we have. This muddling of the waters is exactly what the Russians have been doing with their misinformation campaigns around the world.
Then Faith contributes to the destruction of your society by repeating things that are obviously wrong.
Since I'm not sure if everyone will be able to access this I will summarize:
There are graphs that show the daily death rate for a couple of places. These are basically slightly bumpy horizontal lines. For a town in Italy (Nembro) this overs around 1 death per day. For the region around Madrid this sits at 50 per day. For Jan and most (or all of) Feb these are flat and track the 2019 numbers.
Then in late Feb or early March the death rate attributed to covid-19 is graphed on top. This pushes the Madrid region to over 100 per day and for Nembro it peaks at over 3 per day.
Then added to the graph is the actual total deaths for those places. For the Madrid region this peaks at about 175 per day and for Nembro almost 10 per day.
The timing and shape of the actual deaths per day peaks track over the attributed to covid deaths per day very exactly.
This strongly suggests that the covid deaths are being under reported by 2 or 3 times.
The US does have way more deaths than any other country but that is an unreasonable comparison. It should be done on a per capita basis. The figures for April 20th on that basis were: (deaths per million) San Marion 1,149 (but that is only 39 deaths so more bad stats than anything meaningful) Belgium 503 Andora 479 (another small sample) Spain 446 Italy 339 France 310 UK 243 Saint Martin 233 (another small sample) Netherlands 219 Switzerland 165 Sweden 156 Ireland 139 Channel Islands 138 USA 128
So the US is not the worst it is very high on the list of larger countries though. From here in Vancouver, I compare Canada and the US (like everyone does). We are at 45 per million or just about 1/3 of the US's. That spread will grow dramatically in the next month.
As a small aside: CNN has reported an updated projection of 74,000 US deaths by August 8. I haven't seen that change this week. WTF? The current figure is 65,000 and at the current rate it'll be over the 74,000 in a week.