Bertram Škařupa, a Czech high school student, created a website to show how social distancing is important in consideration of virus spread.
He created a simple simulation that illustrates the spread of a virus in different circumstances.
“I worked on this project mainly for people who are tired of watching complicated charts or statistics. The simulation was also understood by my eight-year-old brother,” says the young programmer.
The graph illustrates the progress of the virus spread. When a virus has no barriers, it spreads exponentially.
That means that a lot of people get ill fast and then get better fast. However, when growth is exponential it quickly exceeds the healthcare capacity (represented by the black line).
Fortunately, the exponential curve can be slowed and reduced through regulations like social distancing.