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They don't make their data public because they would have to admit that all the numbers they published up to now are totally bogus.
I mean, New York alone will have 3 times the total fatalities of the whole of China? Who are they ============
But in another way I believe the Chinese numbers more than the US numbers.
Not because they are inherently more truthful.

I also tend to believe the Chinese data, because other Asian countries have shown that it is at least possible to do what China claims to have done. The question is, is that a worthwhile achievement? The number of fatalities until now is not the relevant result, what should count is the number of fatalities in say the two years after the beginning of the epidemic, when we might have a vaccine. New York will get its deaths right now, and then it will be over, whereas most of China’s deaths still lie in the future.

Perhaps they will succeed in slightly reducing the total number of covid deaths, both by never exceeding treatment capacities and, perhaps, by postponing infections long enough for their population to benefit from new treatments and prophylactics. If you don’t mind living in a totalitarian state while you wait for that possible denouement, then yes, you can reduce the number of covid deaths, at the expense of extreme human, social and economic disruption, with a certain difficult to estimate number of deaths from that, too, which should also be counted.

Clearly, it is easier to manage a herd of animals, and optimize the disease rate, if you can do whatever you want with them. I am grateful to live in a democracy where it is harder to manage them, since they will not just take orders, although we have proved to be a fair bit more docile than I would have thought. Being allowed to also cheat on the numbers makes it even easier for China to meet its targets, and I have little doubt that that is also part of the equation, but arguably not the most important part.

Never has New Hampshire’s slogan seemed more compellingly true.

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