With many countries around the world experiencing a second wave of COVID-19, this episode looks at a term that we will all have seen splashed across headlines over the last few days and weeks – the spike!
What a spike in cases really means
Know Your Data is back! Earlier this year, we launched this series to help you all understand the key data terms, graphs and charts you’re seeing across the news and online every single day.
Previously, we’ve focused on the data specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and as it is still dominating agendas all over the world, we’ll continue to do so for our very first episode. However, throughout the rest of the series, you’ll see us expand to touch upon broader topics which are pertinent to us all today.
So, let’s get to it. With many countries around the world experiencing a second wave of COVID-19, this episode looks at a term that we will all have seen splashed across headlines over the last few days and weeks – the spike!
But, what actually determines a ‘spike’ in cases? How is it different from a mere blip or increase? Throughout the episode, former Pulitzer-nominated reporter, Alan Schwarz and I discuss why focusing on the data and not the words is crucial to understanding what the headlines really mean.
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