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Drop the daily numbers. Make it weekly instead.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,039 ✭✭✭ Uncle Pierre


    I agree 100%.

    Happened to hear Ciara Kelly on Newstalk about this yesterday too. She made a lot of sense.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,320 ✭✭✭ Jim_Hodge


    Can't disagree with that. Weekly would do just fine at this stage.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,087 ✭✭✭✭ Oranage2


    Probably enough interest in the misery porn, people watching Rte to get their daily dose is good for the station's ratings


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,343 ✭✭✭ jacdaniel2014


    I think it would be good to not report them as top news every evening on RTE and virgin.

    But they should still be available somewhere for people who wish to see them and collect the data etc.

    I can look at the numbers every day without freaking out. A lot of people can't.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,429 ✭✭✭ facehugger99


    Provides the Covid bed-wetters with a daily opportunity to whip themselves into hysterics.

    Should be canceled immediately - it's outrageous it's been allowed to persist for so many months.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 552 Gerry Hatrick


    I agree 100%.

    Happened to hear Ciara Kelly on Newstalk about this yesterday too. She made a lot of sense.

    I suppose there's a first time for everything.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 552 Gerry Hatrick


    Really think the daily numbers are keeping us well informed of the virus and it's course.

    Keep up the good work imo.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,264 ✭✭✭ kirving


    Really think the daily numbers are keeping us well informed of the virus and it's course.

    It's not helpful information at this point as it fluctuates too much day to day.

    It's effectively oversampling the data.

    Met Eireann don't report sunshine times every minute, because that could be influenced by a cloud going over the sensor and doesn't help us in working out that Wexford is sunnier than Donegal.

    We look at things like that over a long period of time to average out the noise.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,893 ✭✭✭ Deeper Blue


    Really think the daily numbers are keeping us well informed of the virus and it's course.

    Keep up the good work imo.

    Weekly numbers would do a better job of that as it would provide meaningful trends


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,144 ✭✭✭✭ lawred2


    Chivito550 wrote: »

    And can we get a little bit of context to whom has contracted it and as to their condition/level of symptoms..

    And can we get a bit of detail about medical history for those passing away?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,218 ✭✭✭ Fr_Dougal


    Do them right before the Lotto numbers.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,615 ✭✭✭ soupandpoitin


    They should do a daily tally of how much this is costing the taxpayer alongside the COVID numbers and how many people in total are dying from preventable illnesses that are being missed because of "telemedicine" and the impossibility of getting tests done or "routine" GP appointments.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,039 ✭✭✭ PCros


    Totally agree with this.

    However would it look bad if we ran with 500/600 cases in one day. I could see the likes of the Daily Mail and other international rags running with "Ireland Hit with 600 New Cases" as a headline...and then actual explanation buried in the article.

    Possibly bad PR for Ireland.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,039 ✭✭✭✭ MrStuffins


    Provides the Covid bed-wetters with a daily opportunity to whip themselves into hysterics.

    Should be canceled immediately - it's outrageous it's been allowed to persist for so many months.

    Is it really?


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,039 ✭✭✭✭ MrStuffins


    Keep the daily numbers coming.

    Those who want weekly numbers can check them weekly.

    Grand!


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,773 ✭✭✭ duffman13


    Release the figures daily but have a weekly update! Its a feckin joke and actually causing confusion. Once a week on a Monday. The figures are readily available just release them daily with no bloody commentary.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,039 ✭✭✭✭ MrStuffins


    They should do a daily tally of how much this is costing the taxpayer alongside the COVID numbers and how many people in total are dying from preventable illnesses that are being missed because of "telemedicine" and the impossibility of getting tests done or "routine" GP appointments.

    Nah!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,469 ✭✭✭ ShyMets


    I prefer a weekly press conference and weekly figures released.

    HSE to still publish daily figures on website, if people want to check them they can


  • Registered Users Posts: 957 ✭✭✭ bikeman1


    I have been looking for this since June when we had the low numbers.

    The daily announcements are a source of anxiety for very many people who try to become epidemiologists each day and “understand “ a useless piece of information.

    The numbers are all over the place and the secret deaths that get added and then de-notified serve no benefit.

    Hospital admissions and a weekly press conference on a Monday or Tuesday for the 7 days to Sunday is sufficient. If public health deem an area or school should close, that is dealt with locally.

    Time to open up and live with this like another disease that we have to manage in our lives. The doom merchants might not be happy with this approach though.


  • Registered Users Posts: 494 ✭✭ vid36


    Every other country releases daily figures. Some don't at weekends but not releasing figures looks like we are trying to hide something .


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,562 ✭✭✭ Xterminator


    Sure it will go away by itself, and the only reason the numbers are rising is because we are testing so many people. /S
    Oh and big pharma are delaying the release of a vaccine, and wash your mouth with bleach and hydroxychloroquine!


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 11,205 Mod ✭✭✭✭ hmmm


    7 and 14 day moving average, released daily :)

    The problem is that so many people just don't understand basic maths, so explaining what a "moving average" is could be difficult.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,343 ✭✭✭ jacdaniel2014


    hmmm wrote: »
    7 and 14 day moving average, released daily :)

    The problem is that so many people just don't understand basic maths, so explaining what a "moving average" is could be difficult.

    :rolleyes:


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 40,086 ✭✭✭✭ Harry Palmr


    Rolling average is your only man and yes the public consists mainly of idiots (this forums is proof enough of that) so it would take some talk loud and slow for a while before it's understood (and the rationale behind its use)


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,603 ✭✭✭✭ MadYaker


    Can you not just ignore it no? I honestly couldn’t tell you how many cases were announced any day this week.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,640 ✭✭✭✭ meeeeh


    vid36 wrote: »
    Every other country releases daily figures. Some don't at weekends but not releasing figures looks like we are trying to hide something .
    First thought I had when hearing this was that they would be straight away accused of cover up. I think it's nonsense and they could easily report just weekly numbers but the usual overreaction would happen.

    That being said I like seeing the daily numbers. It's more curiosity and lack of patience than any panic. The worries I would have are around lockdowns and business and I don't think that will happen any time soon.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,654 ✭✭✭ Quantum Erasure


    hmmm wrote: »
    7 and 14 day moving average, released daily :)

    The problem is that so many people just don't understand basic maths, so explaining what a "moving average" is could be difficult.

    Don't be mean....


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,960 ✭✭✭ Diarmuid


    MadYaker wrote: »
    Can you not just ignore it no? I honestly couldn’t tell you how many cases were announced any day this week.

    The point is that a large percentage of the public can't help themselves and as a result have driven their anxiety levels through the roof


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,751 ✭✭✭ mirrorwall14


    The issue is not with the numbers. The issue is the media frenzy

    Publish the numbers on the HSE website but ban the media from reporting on them. Do one weekly press conference and they can report then.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 25,599 ✭✭✭✭ Wanderer78


    Publish the numbers on the HSE website but ban the media from reporting on them. Do one weekly press conference and they can report then.


    Ban the media, sounds interesting!

    People don't have to listen to the daily reports if they don't want to, weekly may dilute the seriousness of the situation


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