From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
Re: John's note that the first death was recorded 2/26, the date this thread started, he's right. Then, about three weeks ago, research/testing found two previous deaths. And that's likely to change as more work is done later.
It is interesting to look back at where things stood on 2/26. That was a Wednesday, and the news was really startling. On Saturday, the 29th, I did a long hike in the mountains. It was nice to get away from the news for awhile.
I started the thread so that I could get information and data from sources I trusted rather than the media. I had zero trust in nearly all sources (a state that's existed for many years). That skepticism has been driven home.
One of the high points of the thread has been Mind_Messing sharply disputing that there is media bias in the US, despite studies and plentiful examples posted here (Atlantic Magazine: Georgia doing "Experiment in Human Sacrifice."). Then he posted his concerns about possible BBC bias because it used an older Boris Johnson photo/clip.
Last week was a bad day, when IHME suddenly and drastically shifted projections, so that the pandemic is predicted to remain steady throughout the summer rather than ending rather imminently. So far it isn't clear whether that will prove accurate or not. I'm watching that closely. Two weeks post easing of countermeasures in Georgia, the data has been mostly good. For six out of seven days, mortality beneath (and often far beneath) projections. For one day it was considerably above. OVerall, well under.