The Moving Curve: Episode 3

Hello and welcome to Episode 3 of The Moving Curve. I’m Rukmini. Every night, I try to distill the developments of the day to think aloud about one question around the novel coronavirus in India.

Poor people report more illness but less hospitalisation: India Human Development Survey II data, article forthcoming in Mint

Jishnu Das et al study on the quality of primary care:

The Bhilwara case:

Testing rates around the world:

Testing rates in Indian states:

What we know about certifying deaths:

So here’s my answer on India’s coronavirus numbers. I don’t believe that the government is lying. But not everyone goes to a doctor when they’re sick, not all doctors diagnose disease and death correctly, and not everyone who could have the novel coronavirus is being tested. It’s not a lie, but there’s a pretty big hole in the truth.

That’s all from me today. Thanks to Anand Krishnamoorthy for editing this episode. Tomorrow — a new question.

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I am a data journalist based in Chennai, India.

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