A viral video worth watching:
There are two ways of interpreting this video.
One is to see this as a single panicky anecdote by a single ER nurse. Since mere anecdotes don’t add up to data, this woman’s effusions, though no doubt sincere, don’t amount to very much in the way of hard-nosed evidence. To genuinely evaluate this woman’s merely anecdotal claims, we’ll have to wait a few years for a double-blind peer-reviewed study that tells us what really happened. Until then, Olympian skepticism is in order, along with a dispassionate retreat to the ivory tower.
The other approach is to treat the nurse’s testimony as prima facie plausible, given its coherence with everything else we know about this pandemic, and infer that a conservative formula for calculating the magnitude of the problem we face is to multiply her anecdote by x, where x is a positive integer of unknown value intended to measure harm, and brace for impact.
There is, I guess, a third possible response: calculate the value for x, and then point out that as large as it may be, it is after all smaller than x squared.
Feel free to describe your interpretation in the combox. I’m guessing that at this point, you know mine.