January 16, 2022

Covid math

Via Eve Thorson


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It depends.

In a Republican neighborhood… Never. What you talkin’ about boy… there ain’t no Covid.

In Texas… Who cares, just let them die and be done with it.

In a Sociology class questions might be asked like: How old are Matt, Susie, and Matt’s little brother? Are they in Grade School, High School, or College, or even older? Are Matt’s parents divorced, and do the brothers live at different houses? How apt are Matt and Susie to wear adequate face masks when around each other? Are Matt and Susie ‘intimately’ involved? Does Matt and his brother actually spend any amount of time together in the same room? Do Matt and his little brother even live together in the same house?

In a Science class it might be asked what variant we are talking about and its R factor. Also, as in the Sociology class, how apt are Matt and Susie to wear adequate face masks when around each other, and are Matt and Susie ‘intimately’ involved? And, was Matt and his little brother vaccinated?

In English composition class there may discussions about the word “later”, as ‘later’ than what? Also, this statement may stimulate heated debate on the actual or artistic merits of run-on sentences before any interest in its content.

In a Math class students would grab their calculators or computers. Using information found at the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center and the CDC, the Mean value for transmission rate would be discovered, and the R value for the current Covid-19 Variant would be used to calculate how likely Matt’s little brother is to have a positive antigen test within one Standard Deviation of the Mean. And in how many days of exposure.

In a Philosophy class it would be argued that Matt’s little brother may be tested positive, negative or both for Covid-19. Or possibly Fate had already determined his future, so why bother. As the great philosopher Alfred E. Neuman so admirably stated: “What, Me worry”?