Great Article on How Viruses are Decreased by Social Distancing

This article in the Washington Post does a great job SHOWING how social distancing helps. It has a few incredible simulators that may work in finally getting people to say “AHA”!

I love how they show this is math and not prophecy.

Please share this with your patients.

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  2 comments for “Great Article on How Viruses are Decreased by Social Distancing

  1. Rando
    March 15, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    I read this article earlier. I guess my question/observation would be that the goal of this article is to purely slow the virus, but not necessarily build herd immunity.

    The other would be that there seem to be a mix of what governments are doing – some are using strict quarantines which according to the article are less effective than social isolation. From a practical standpoint we are seeing a combination of quarantine with social isolation. the ideal might be to tell everyone over a certain age to just stay home and recommend moderate social isolation for everyone else.

  2. Steve O'
    March 15, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    Of course, measles – with a higher mortality rate and a far greater individual radius of viable virus distribution from a sick person…nah, who cares about that, eh?

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