Web-Forum: How Real are Numbers? Making Sense of National COVID-19 Statistics

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Type: 
Lecture
Date: 
June 18, 2020
Location: 
Japan
Subject Fields: 
Government and Public Service, Modern European History / Studies, Public Health, Public Policy, Sociology

The number of infections, reproduction numbers, doubling speeds, death rates: national pandemic statistics are updated, compared and discussed daily. The numbers are shocking, but so are the huge national differences. Why are there so few people infected in Japan? Why is the death rate in Germany so low? Why is the situation in France so bad? For sure, countries apply different test-ing  and  reporting  methods.  Simple  comparisons  are  likely  to  be  misleading. Nevertheless,  these  numbers  are  relevant  as  they  influence important  policy  decisions. In our Web-Forum we ask leading experts in the field from France, Germany and Japan to explain to us the apparent differences in national data related  to  the  COVID-19  pandemic  and  what  the  numbers  can  really tell  us  about the situations in the three countries.

Speakers: Ansgar Lohse, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
Paul-André Rosental, Sciences Po Paris
Kenji Shibuya, King’s College London
Moderators: Sophie Buhnik, Senior Researcher IFRJ-MFJ
Barbara Holthus, Deputy Director DIJ

Time: Thursday, 18 June 2020, 16:00 – 17:30h (Tokyo) 09:00 – 10:30h (Hamburg/Paris) 08:00 –09:30h (London)

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You can access this online event here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpS-EEJOdObfgYfsQ0yoUig

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