Graphs for Nerds

The junk news pandemic continues unchecked, apparently infecting the film unit of the otherwise trustworthy Economist magazine. Its most recent video, Why is America’s death toll so high?, opens with a clip announcing “America has passed the grim milestone of 20,500 deaths to overtake Italy as the world’s worst-hit nation.” Of course it has overtaken Italy in terms of total deaths — it has over five times the population of Italy!

Social distancing is easier to endure if you understand how it works. Learn what a Flüggian droplet is and what little else is known about SARS-COV-2 transmission in this accessible Quillette article, “COVID-19 Superspreader Events in 28 Countries: Critical Patterns and Lessons“.

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