Anthony Fauci Explains Exponential Growth Curves

March 16, 2020

A silver lining of this crisis might be population that better understand how an exponential curve can creep up on you.

16 Responses to “Anthony Fauci Explains Exponential Growth Curves”

  1. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    “We’re further behind than we think we are.”
    Sounds familiar to those who follow this blog.

  2. pendantry Says:

    I have my doubts that the people will learn from this; they’re too busy panic-buying toilet paper.

    I offer you what I believe to be a better explanation of exponential growth: the late Professor Albert Bartlett’s illustration, using ‘bacteria in bottles‘.

  3. redskylite Says:

    Clearly explained, a big message summed up in a few words by an expert. Even D.T appeared to listen.

    Words of wisdom in hindsight from some Italians follow – stay safe.

    • neilrieck Says:

      If you watch D.T. he doesn’t appear to be paying any attention at all. He appears to be annoyed that someone else is getting all the attention he desires

  4. dumboldguy Says:

    I do NOT understand why they let Trump speak, beyond that his ego demands that he be the center of everything. It is very very very hugely annoying to watch his little suckerfish mouth spout inanities while the doctors stand around.

    Fauci’s explanation could have been clearer, and should have been supplemented with visuals. Confucius said “I Hear and I Forget, I See and I Remember, I Do and I Understand”, and that concept has been hammered into every science teacher’s head in teaching methods courses. If it can only be delivered verbally, using something like “bacteria in bottles” is more likely to be understood by the average person.

    PS. Take a look at this discovery that has been made about the virus


  5. terrydonte Says:

    It is a free country. You can listen to this “expert” if you wish. The doctors at that care home in Washington State listened and killed 21 of their patients.

    He did not object to the CDC keeping the test kits in house, did not object to testing only people on deaths door, did not object to testing taking a week or more for results, did not object nobody except the CDC could legally test. He supports customs seizing test kits imported from England.

    If you are concerned consider the following:

    One trial of a possible vaccine in a country spanning 3000 miles and 50 states of a vaccine when we have at least three companies with possible vaccines. To this guy, it is business as usual, never mind the dead bodies.

    ZERO trials of anti virals in this country. China has one using HIV drugs Ritonavir which costs in India about $28 dollars for a bottle of 60. Its cost here is more than ten times that, Not a word from this expert on either trials or costs.

    Not a word from this guy on the reasons for the widely varying death rates from one country to another. Where is the call to find out how the symptoms are being treated differently. If you eliminate the poor medical care countries it varies from 0.0034 the USA to 0.000017 in Germany. The doctors are doing something different. If you want to survive move to Germany.

    The web says one of the main problems is inflammation due to the virus. Anti inflammation drugs some over the counter may be of help, Not a word from this guy on that. You could try some if sick at your own risk. Do nothing and you might die.

    I think this guy is one of the problems, He has a nice suit, a nice bedside manner and looks good on TV, Meanwhile he kills people with what he is doing and not doing.

    • dumboldguy Says:


    • Gingerbaker Says:

      Jesus, God, Peter would you please just ban terrydonte?

      • greenman3610 Says:

        trolling is all good fun, and sometimes useful, but not during a global pandemic.
        Let me know if he shows up again, sometime WordPress is not perfect.

    • otter17 Says:

      I take it you are not a public health or epidemiology expert. Have you considered that maybe you are the problem, rather than Dr. Fauci? You accuse him of killing people, but have you considered that the accusation may be better applied to you if your misinformation were to spread?

    • J4Zonian Says:

      I think the difference in survival rates in the us is due to people here being unable to escape the constant barrage of utterly insane lies on every topic from the right wing. It makes many want to die. Maybe some are taking action.

      • neilrieck Says:

        Neil’s Degrass Tyson said the best the other day: the people who listen to the scientists will do much better then the people who do not.

        As far as I’m concerned, COVID-19, like all other diseases, does not care about your religious beliefs, political philosophy, or economic theories. It is an natural opportunistic invader that will make you sick if you act stupidly and possibly kill you if you are older. Fact: 80 year old people are 1,000 more likely to die from this disease than 20 year old people. That’s 3-orders of magnitude and magical thinking (prayer) will not help.

        • J4Zonian Says:

          Poor people are even more likely to get sick, to die, and to lose money and ground even if they don’t get sick.

          We’re listening to Neil’s Degrass Tyson [sic] again? When (and how) did that happen?

  6. Mark Mev Says:

    “The web says one of the main problems is inflammation due to the virus. Anti inflammation drugs some over the counter may be of help, Not a word from this guy on that. You could try some if sick at your own risk. Do nothing and you might die.”

    I would not take OTC anti-inflammatories right now. There is more on the web about this.

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