This is not an activity to do on your own. The suggested plan is that you take the discussion points one by one, perhaps one a week, and discuss them at school or at home. You might look at for the latest statistics when you have your discussion.

There is an end in sight to this bad news in some countries. We need to look at the graphs for positive signs.

Discussion Point 1: Why do these graphs tell us that the news is not all bad? You had the clue last week in when we asked what was different about the graphs for China and South Korea from the graphs for other countries. What do the graphs above show?

Discussion Point 2: It is 3 months since the first known cases of coronavirus in China and now there are comparatively few deaths each day. What is the mean number of deaths per day in China over the whole 3 month period?

Discussion Point 3: It seems that, if the pandemic affects other countries in a similar way to China, then the worst may be over in 3 months. We know that China has a population of over 1,400 million, which is more that 20 times the population of the UK, and more than 24 times the population of South Africa. Can we deduce that there is a good chance that there won’t be so many deaths in South Africa and the UK? Apart from population size, what other factors might cause the figures to be different in different countries? What about your country?

Discussion Point 4: If we assume that the pandemic will follow the same pattern in other countries as in China and South Korea, then can we deduce that in 3 months the worst will be over and there will be weeks in other countries without any deaths due to coronavirus? What about your country?

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