Viral Simulations Explaining The Pandemic

Since the start of March 2020, we have seen an unprecedented and rapid increase in the spread of the corona virus. Many countries have been hard hit and have suffered incredible losses. In this time, many efforts have been made to create rudimentary explainer videos and graphics highlighting the pandemic. Numerous media outlets, government, and individuals continue to drive much-needed awareness. Oversimplifying the complexity of the pandemic is even more important to our social context and comprehension as an African people.

Flattening the curve is by principle the most powerful thing we can do at the moment.

On March 14, a momentous article was published by Harry Stevens of the Washington Post presenting simulations that illustrate how the exponential spread of the virus can be slowed by a simple measure, “Extensive Social Distancing”. Controlling the spread is now in our hands.

Here is what the simulation looks like if we do not do anything to stop the spread.

“The simulitis spreads through a network of bouncing balls one’s screen, as an imitation of COVID-19 spreading through our human networks,” Stevens explains.

This is what happens when a forced quarantine is implemented, sometimes hard to control or sustain.

The most favourable option is forced Social Distancing and Quarantine reducing movement and chance of contact.

Animated illustrations by cartoonist Toby Morris and microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles have also flooded the internetscape. The charming images were created for a New Zealand website called The Spinoff in an effort to inform communities how to manage the pandemic. Below are some of the graphics that went viral.

All images are courtesy of The Washington Post and The Spinoff.