Covid-19: It's survival of the best prepared in this numbers game

Numbers aren't much use without context. So take the time to understand how the changing economy will affect you and your livelihood, advises Mark Barnes

07 June 2020 - 00:14 By Mark Barnes

We're drowning in a sea of numbers. Some of them are getting fancier labels - statistics, model predictions, flattening curves, trends, extrapolations - lots of names, little in-depth analysis. You can hardly see the announcers on TV for all the facts and figures.

Numbers aren't much use without context. As Mark Twain famously once said: "There are three kinds of lies - lies, damned lies and statistics." It's not all as bad as that, but it's certainly worth sitting down quietly and taking cognisance of the origins and methods used to arrive at the numbers...

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