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Corona virus deaths compared Germany and Belgium

Question

Can you explain why Germany has 616 deaths due to corona (a country of 80 mil) and Belgium (10 million) 513 deaths due to corona? This has obviously nothing to do with testing, but maybe with the quality of health care?

J

No, nobody really knows yet. The statisticians and epidemiologists are working overtime to get proper answers, as we need to know this sort of thing before we can determine when we can all start to get back to normal.

It will be in the news - there's not much else to report on.

Apr 2, 2020 10:04
kasseistamper

You might as well ask why Spain (47 mil pop) has over 10,000 deaths compared to Belgium (11 million) and over 500 deaths.
A suggestion is that both Spain and Italy both have significantly elderly populations and that this has an effect.

Apr 2, 2020 14:02
anon

@Danielavon "This has obviously nothing to do with testing"

That is such an incorrect statement, that I hope the ADMIN removes your post. Whether the number of people who have died in Germany vs Belgium is proportionally better or worse has absolutely everything to do with testing.

Who they have tested, how they are testing, and finally also how they officially record cause of death. All of these are different in Belgium than Germany. It is also to do with where that specific population is in the normal cycle of the lifetime of the virus.

You certainly don't know any of the above, and neither do I, but please do not post statements like yours which are entirely false and will only cause unnecessary worrying.

Apr 2, 2020 15:09
becasse

You might as well ask the question as to why the number of infections is relatively higher in Flanders than it is in Wallonia, which it is.

Apr 2, 2020 17:43
wezembeekwanderer

I agree with Anon. Testing has a lot to do with it.
The Germans as a nation are much better than most at closely following any legislation or advice. So if instructed to stay at home, to not socially interact and to keep a distance, most will do so. It is a positive characteristic.
People here are getting better. In the forest today, cyclists and other dog walkers were generally respecting the 2m rule. It is the joggers who seem to ignore it.

Apr 2, 2020 23:52
Oppressed in Oppem

Flanders suffered a higher infection rate due to the proximity with the Netherlands where they did not take the right measures from the start and relied on the herd immunity nonsense.

Apr 3, 2020 21:46
Denniss

Sorry for my ignorance, but why are we supposed to have this conversation here? Does it help someone?

Apr 7, 2020 10:05
JT2015

This is supposed to be a useful Q&A, not your Facebook page.

Apr 28, 2020 11:26