Mathematical illiteracy will kill us:
In January, a mystery illness swept through a call center in a skyscraper on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Close to 30 people in one department alone had symptoms — dry, deep coughs and fevers they could not shake. When they gradually returned to work after taking sick days, they sat in their cubicles looking wan and tired.
“I’ve started to think it was the coronavirus,” said Julie Parks, a 63-year-old employee who was among the sick. “I may have had it, but I can’t be sure. It’s limbo.”
Now that there is evidence that there were some earlier deaths than previously reported, it won’t be long before every idiot who had a cold in January and February is convinced they had the virus and are now immune.
It should surprise no one that there were cases that were previously undiscovered. The virus was around for months in China prior to offical cases here, and there had to have been a few here and there. That doesn’t mean that is was widespread and everyone who coughed in January had it. It should not surprise anyone that a nation full of people who don’t understand compound interest can’t fathom exponential growth, but here we are.
TL;DR: Stay the fuck home.