Message Font: Serif | Sans-Serif
No. of Recommendations: 2
On the occasion of Hong Kong being dropped from the areas with active transmission of SARS, I thought I would run totals on June cases so far. I realized that those numbers alone didn't tell much of a story, so I added data for the month of May as well:
                         May                   June
Country cases deaths cases deaths

Australia 2 -1
Bulgaria 1
Brazil 1
Canada 40 10 58 5
China 1868 119 -2 15
Hong Kong 150 121 16 18
Taiwan 598 80 16 3
Columbia 1
Finland 1
France 2
Germany 3
Malaysia -1
Mongolia 3
New Zealand 1
Philippines 8 2
Republic of Korea 2
Russian Federation 1
Singapore 5 7
South Africa 1
Thailand 1 1
United States 14 8

Total 2697 392 99 41

As you can see, the ramp down (outside of Canada) is pretty impressive. And the comparison of Canada to the United States is even more interesting. Canada has, so far, 246 cases and 35 deaths. The US with a much larger population, and a much larger amount of air traffic to China and Hong Kong has only 74 "probable" cases and no deaths. Why the stark difference? The CDC has been very aggressive both in diagnosis and treatment, while Health Canada keeps being blindsided by events.

A different way of say this is that this month so far, more than half the new SARS cases worldwide have been in Canada. While in May, less than 6% of the new cases were in Canada. At this rate, in July, Toronto will be the last remaining SARS infection site. (And the US will still have to worry about Canadians crossing the border, and US residents visiting Toronto.)
Print the post  


When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and Glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.