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A Review on Misleading COVID-19 Statistics

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D. Y. Jayasinghe ,

University of Sri Jayewardenepura, LK
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Department of Statistics
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P. Dias,

University of Sri Jayewardenepura, LK
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Department of Statistics
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C. L. Jayasinghe

University of Sri Jayewardenepura, LK
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Department of Statistics
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Abstract

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered virus (WHO, 2021) which has established worldwide spread and hence has become the most discussed topic. In explaining the severity of the disease, various statistics are utilized by various governing/non-governing bodies as well as by the general public. Intentionally or unintentionally a plethora of misleading statistics including count data comparisons, graphical representations, indices etc. have been released daily to media all around the world, irrespective of the computational complexity. This paper presents a collection of such instances along with possible rectifications to mitigate the adverse effect of misguided decisions made.
How to Cite: Jayasinghe, D.Y., Dias, P. and Jayasinghe, C.L., 2020. A Review on Misleading COVID-19 Statistics. Sri Lankan Journal of Applied Statistics, 21(3), pp.74–80. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljastats.v21i3.8063
Published on 31 Dec 2020.
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