We’re thinking about Covid-19 the wrong way. It’s not a ‘wave’ – it’s a wildfire | Michael T Osterholm and Mark Olshaker | The Guardian

Like a fire, the virus relentlessly seeks out its fuel, humans, and will keep spreading as long as it has access to thatWe have no previous experience with a worldwide coronavirus pandemic, so when Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, began spreading, public health experts leaned on our experiences with influenza pandemics to inform their predictions. These pandemics are often described in terms of “waves” and “troughs”. We have now seen enough to replace the ocean analogy with a better one: wildfire. Related: You’re already wearing a mask – now consider a face shield and goggles | Adrienne Matei Continue reading…

Like a fire, the virus relentlessly seeks out its fuel, humans, and will keep spreading as long as it has access to that

We have no previous experience with a worldwide coronavirus pandemic, so when Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, began spreading, public health experts leaned on our experiences with influenza pandemics to inform their predictions. These pandemics are often described in terms of “waves” and “troughs”. We have now seen enough to replace the ocean analogy with a better one: wildfire.

Related: You’re already wearing a mask – now consider a face shield and goggles | Adrienne Matei

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