Why such a large difference in fatality rates across European nations?
Here is a relevant tweet thread started by Moritz Kuhn, many interesting comments. For instance Moritz writes: “What is more, it may provide a warning sign for those countries where the elderly and the young live close together, how important it is to contain the virus there early on. These countries are within Europe in particular such as Serbia, Poland Bulgaria, Croatia, or Slovenia.”
Also on Italy, Dan Klein writes to me:
- They kiss, hug more, converse longer.
- Young people live with their parents, family more.
- They smoke somewhat more (packs smoked per capita twice that of Sweden). Smoking weakens the lungs. But also we smokers finger and thumb our cigs and then put them into our mouth. Wash hands first!
- For these and whatever adventitious reasons, Italy was early to the problem, and it spread before people learned to adjust behavior.
We will learn more soon.