This Overlooked Variable Is the Key to the Pandemic

This article from The Atlantic explores whether we are paying too much attention to the R value of SARS-CoV-2 (the measure of its contagiousness) and not nearly enough attention to the k value (whether a virus spreads in a steady manner or in big bursts, whereby one person infects many, all at once).

A growing number of studies estimate that a majority of infected people may not infect a single other person. A recent paper found that in Hong Kong, which had extensive testing and contact tracing, about 19 percent of cases were responsible for 80 percent of transmission, while 69 percent of cases did not infect another person.

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