Why is social distancing so effective?

An interesting article in the Washington Post demonstrates with a simple agent-based model why doing nothing to the coronavirus leads to exponential growth of cases. Agents move randomly around and spread the disease. They also provide animations of scenarios where a percentage of the population is not moving anymore (socially distancing by staying at home as much as possible). This leads to a dramatic flattening of the curve. So stay put as much as possible.

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