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Not just math 

Posted on: October 29, 2021

What was reason for mrbrown’s tweeted response? Some keyboard conspiracists had suggested that the SARS-CoV2 vaccines were ineffective because there were several vaccinated folk in ICU.

Those that started and spread the misleading WhatsApp message were practicing selective mathematics. They wanted show how many vaccinated were still susceptible to COVID-19.

They conveniently forgot about the proportion of vaccinated people over the unvaccinated. The latest statistic is that 84% of eligible persons here have been fully vaccinated. 

The SARS-CoV2 vaccine is not perfect, so a few who are fully dosed will exhibit severe COVID-19 symptoms. But since there are so many vaccinated here, the absolute number of those that are vaccinated but symptomatic might seem high. 

Assuming mrbrown’s numbers to be accurate based on when he accessed the figures, his calculations showed that the proportion of the unvaccinated in the ICU was much higher than those vaccinated.

Knowing what and how to do math is not enough. The WhatsApp warriors know math but are blind to logic and literacy. mrbrown is math literate. He knows when and why to use a method and this helps him detect BS and call it out.

Thankfully we do not need to be math geniuses to be math literate. We need to seek nuance, depth, and/or detail. We need to ask good questions before jumping to conclusions.

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