If you do a simple scroll through your social media feed, you’re likely to see at least a few posts related to the coronavirus pandemic.
The last week, in particular, has brought a deluge of stories, charts, graphs, and explainers on how to “flatten the curve” to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the official term for the disease caused by the virus. Social distancing and shelter-in-place orders, like the one issued to the Bay Area on Monday, are meant to dramatically reduce new infections so that the healthcare system can treat current patients without becoming dangerously overwhelmed.
People who take this urgent task seriously have been logging on to share related content with their friends, family, and followers, hoping to convince them to stay home. There are pleas from professionals like physicians and engineers, a widely shared video that uses lit matches to demonstrate the effect of social distancing, and memes that pack a lot of information into a bite-size post. Read more…
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