Prof. Weitz writes about cancelling large events due to Covid-19 in the Atlanta Journal Constitution

March 15, 2020

Prof. Weitz – along with Richard E. Lenski, Lauren A. Meyers, and Johnathan Dushoff  – wrote an opinion piece in the Atlanta Journal Constitution about the painful but practical decisions that will have to be made to mitigate Covid-19 spread. Citing the NCAA’s decision to restrict the number of fans allowed in upcoming March Madness games as prudent, the professors predict more such decisions will need to be made in the future.

It comes down to simple probability.

Even if only a few individuals have COVID-19, the collective chance that one (or more) infected people show up at a large gathering can rapidly approach 100%.