Coronavirus Spread: A Visual Model
Outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially. A lot of the attention currently is around “open America for business” or “flatten the curve”. This so-called exponential curve has experts worried. If the number of cases were to continue to double every three days, there would be about a hundred million cases in the United States by May.
The Washington Post shared a simulation based on a fake disease simulitis. This is math. Let’s see what happens when simulitis spreads in a town of 200 people. We will start everyone in town at a random position, moving at a random angle, and we will make one person sick.
When it comes to the real covid-19, we would prefer to slow the spread of the virus before it infects a large portion of the U.S. population.
Efforts to slow the virus are of major importance around the world. Because an economy works better with the maximum number of participants.