Covid-19 and Why it Sucks.

Release Date: November 17, 2020

Covid-19 and Why It Sucks. 

Dr. Patrick Nelson
Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science
Lawrence Tech University
pnelson@ltu.edu

November 17, 2020

My wife and I were in Marseilles in France on February 25th when our son called and told us we were only a few hundred miles from a Covid-19 outbreak in Italy.  We were like wow, we heard something about this but were fine and returning to the states the next day.  When we arrived at the airport on the 26th it looked like business as usual except for a very unusual snow fall in Paris for that time of year.   When we returned home, our son made us quarantine for 14 days and at that time we thought that was a bit of an overreaction.  How quickly that thought changed over the next two weeks. 

Since then most of us were staying put in our homes, going out only for needed supplies or essential work until in late April and early May when data started showing people starting to move about more to see family and friends.  Now we are coming to the end of the Summer where we have seen another peak in the virus.  This time, however, things were handled differently and unfortunately, the differences seemed to be based mostly by politics and not Science.  What happens next, we do not know with any high degree of certainty. This disease has shown us that we cannot predict what will happen.

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