The Participation Blog

Imagine Everyone in Fort Lauderdale Dead

With due respect to the previous article and its suggestions for convincing people to mask up, most people don’t understand numbers very well. People who routinely work with numbers like numbers a lot, but for most other people, numbers need to be explained in context and with relevance. Data and facts, especially very large numbers like 160,000 coronavirus deaths in the U.S., don’t resonate for most people as well as the stories that explain those numbers. The steady stream of COVID-19 statistics that are scrolled on nightly newscasts become meaningless to most of us, but finding ways to make those numbers real and more personal might just get our attention. So, instead of trying to comprehend what 5,000,000 COVID-19 cases in the U.S. means, picture every single person in either the Phoenix or Boston or San Francisco metropolitan areas contracting coronavirus. Read more