The Italian Conundrum
The average age of those dying in Italy (mostly men) is 81  while the average life expectancy of Italian men is 81.
So, on the face of it nothing is happening except for shortages of staff, beds and respirators, and a virus spreading like wildfire - but mortality measured against the norm seems to be zero. Perhaps, the difference is in how people are dying, and as Richard Smith was recently pointing out the ultimate fear is not of dying, since everyone does, but of dying before your time on a hospital trolley in an emergency department . The failure lies in not having kept the infrastructure for an emergency .
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