Math Has Prepared Me Poorly for This Pandemic – dy/dan

Here are two portrayals of the ghastliness of this pandemic.

Initial, a chart of coronavirus passings in Italy.

Second, the eulogy page of a paper in the Italian city of Bergamo, first from February 9 and later from March 13.

Bergamo day by day paper

— David Carretta (@davcarretta) March 14, 2020

Both of these are just portrayals of this pandemic. They point at its shock, however they aren’t simply the repulsiveness. They uncover and hide various parts of the awfulness.

For instance, I can take the second subordinate of the diagram of passings and notice that while the passings are expanding each day, the pace of increment is diminishing. The circumstance is deteriorating, however the deteriorating ness is easing back down.

I can’t take the second subsidiary of a tribute page.

In any case, the chart anesthetizes me to the frightfulness of this pandemic such that the tribute don’t. The chart takes unique individuals and transforms them into gatherings of individuals and transforms those gatherings of individuals and their enduring into sections on a screen or page.

In the mean time, the tribute put in the forefront the individuals, their torment, and their dispossessed.

Math has set me up inadequately for this pandemic—or in any event a specific sort of math, the caring that considers mass to be as a chance to work with charts and subsidiaries.

For understudies, it has never been more important to move deftly and immediately among concrete and dynamic representations—to procure the intensity of the diagram without turning out to be anesthetized to the repulsiveness that is spoken to substantially more powerfully by the tribute.

For educators, there has never been a more significant chance to see focuses, charts, tables, conditions, and numbers, and to ask understudies, “I’m not catching this’ meaning?” and especially now, “Who is this?”


Two pertinent statements here.

“A solitary passing is a misfortune; a million passings is a measurement.” Commonly credited to Joseph Stalin.

“Insights are people with the tears cleared off.” Paul Brodeur, cited in Mukherjee’s Emperor all things considered.

2020 Apr 10

Another model. It’s one thing to see a chart of joblessness, and another to see the lines for the food bank.

This is the thing that I saw. Brutal warmth. People in line since 7pm the prior night. To get food. Many volunteers busting it to serve, so families could return home (presumably to pass some out to their neighbors as well) and get the sustenance they need.

This is the COVID-19 Crisis.

— Robert R. Fike (@robfike) April 9, 2020

I have worked for the Star Tribune for about 29 years and have never observed 11 pages of paid eulogies in our Sunday paper. Staggering.

— Scott Gillespie (@stribgillespie) May 3, 2020

2020 May 25

The first page of The New York Times for May 24, 2020

— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 24, 2020

Compassion card area in Walgreens today.

— Victoria Weinstein (@peacebang) May 25, 2020

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