Last updated by The POOG on December 17, 2020.

In October, 2020, the reporting of the progress of COVID-19 has focused on the number of cases. Both authorities and media recount the latest daily “numbers” as if we are one step away from Armageddon. The public – at least the gullible, panic on cue, demanding greater government restriction and control over the economy and social life.

Anyone paying attention and thinking critically would at this point, have asked “What’s a case?” The Government of Ontario has published such a definition[2]. Included in the case count are people who have not been tested but exhibit COVID-19-like symptoms. This would likely capture anyone with the flu or a standard cold. The UK government defines a case as:

Case definition (at least 1 of): fever, new or increased cough, new or increased shortness of breath; chills, new or increased muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, diarrhoea or vomiting.



  1. Jeff Deist. The Absurdity of Covid “Cases”. Mises Wire, October 02, 2020.
  2. Case Definition – Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Government of Ontario, November 20, 2020.
  3. Information for Healthcare Professionals on Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. UK Government, Updated 16 December 2020.