Social Distancing

Dear Friends,

I would like to share with you two articles that I found to be helpful in explaining/showing why social distancing is important in the fight against COVID-19. Both articles rely on animations so I would recommend looking at them on a desktop computer if possible.

The first article is from the Washington Post (no subscription needed). Using four simulations, this article demonstrates how we infect one another and why social distancing is effective in slowing the rate of the virus’ spread.

Washington Post surge

The second article is from the New York Times (might require a subscription??). Using a simplified model, its interactive graphs show the difference between best case and worst case and why it is so important to “flatten the curve.”

We not only need to protect ourselves and our loved ones, but we also need to protect the community from the potential “surge” that could overwhelm the health-care system.

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