An interesting study came out identifying which areas are the highest risk for getting CoVid, and at first glance the numbers are remarkable. I will not link to the news piece, for reasons that will become clear at the end. I will keep its internal links.
Restaurants, gyms, hotels and houses of worship are among the 10
percent of locations that would appear to account for 80 percent of the
infections, according to research published in the journal Nature on Tuesday. (Eighty percent. Unexpectedly high. Ed. note)
“These are places that are smaller, more crowded, and people dwell there longer,” said study co-author and Stanford University Professor Jure Leskovec at a media briefing on the research.
"Reducing the establishments’ capacity to 20 percent, as opposed to shutting them down entirely, could curb transmissions by 80 percent, the prof said.
“Our work highlights that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing,” Leskovec said...
Yes, that makes sense, and it's useful information. However...
Still, the study did not track people to locations with potentially large populations such as schools, prisons and nursing homes
Oh. Well. So the whole exercise, though still of some value, just fell precipitously in usefulness. If you step back and think of the data, though, you can see how it could become a killer headline - and it did.