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Simulating our way out of Covid-19

Jason Norwood-Young
Jason Norwood-Young

Of the Coronavirus explorables, this is by far my favourite. On the one hand, it does what many of the other simulators do — gives you a curved graph that we’re all becoming very familiar with. But it takes this so much further, simulating the effects of increased hygiene, social distancing, track-and-trace, the effect of summer, and the anticipated vaccine. And it simulates the effects of these being implemented at different times — what happens if we stop lockdown, wait a while, then resume it? What happens if we lose immunity over time, like we do with the flu? These are pretty complex questions, and this explorable tries to answer them, without dumbing it down. It also gives the best picture of the future that anyone has had to offer.

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Jason Norwood-Young
  • Journalist, developer, community builder, newsletter creator and international man of mystery, Jason was one of the first South Africans to really grasp the importance of data in the newsroom and has remained one step ahead of the trends in the field all the way. Even Naked Data was conceived before email newsletters were cool again. But what does that tell you about the measure of the man? Nothing, that's what. He hides the superman CV behind a truly mild-mannered and overly modest persona and is best described as "one of the nicest guys in the business". When he's angry, it is righteously so, and his anger always wears velvet mittens. The true signs of his genius include the ability to create multilingual puns on demand (witness the alternative Naked Data strap "Putting the heita in to data") and the fact that he offered me a job. (AO)

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