5 reasons coronavirus statistics seem inconsistent

Even professionals find themselves scratching their heads over the emerging statistics. “They’re confusing not just to the general public but even to people working in the field,” said Andrew Noymer, an associate professor of public health at the University of California at Irvine. … Noymer is looking for fuller data from countries like South Korea that have “more of a tradition of transparency” and the experience of an imported disease. Those countries will show what the potential effects might be for the United States, which has time to anticipate and plan for imported cases.