Giving Avian Flu a lesson in numeracy
When showing deadly viruses and diseases who’s boss, the general consensus is to get all heavy handed with them. But fighting fire with fire won’t be found anywhere near the handbook of an Epidemiologist. You see they use the power of maths to get the job done instead.
Still need a little convincing? Alright then take Exhibit A, Avian Flu. Also known as bird flu to many, Avian Flu can usually be found squatting in wild birds and when passed on to chickens and ducks it makes its point by getting all nasty. The greater fear is when Avain Flu decides to mutate and then come knocking on people’s doors.
And this is where Epidemiologists stick their numeracy skills on the line. As we speak they’re using computer models to get their heads round why Avian spreads and who’s most at risk. These predictions are then shouted across to governments who then know how to react in the event of pandemic.
Get an even bigger picture by steering your eyes this way:http://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_06_30/en/index.html
Numbers people aren’t one trick ponies either. It was these people who also made the connection between smoking and cancer, and provided the stats of how many millions are being killed daily by smoking.
There’s definitely a lot more to maths than meets the eye.
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