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Old 03-20-2020, 03:03 PM
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Okay, so sorry everyone has to read my whole thought process, but now that I thought it through, it's clear to me that either of the situations described in the OP are possibilities. If we can slow the transmission rate from 3.0 to 2.0, for example, then eventually everyone would still get it, they'd just get it more slowly, because any number great than 1 multiplied by itself over and over again will eventually reach infinity. But if we slow the transmission rate from 3.0 to 0.5, then the disease would actually die out, because a number less than 1 multiplied by itself over and over again eventually reaches zero. Or if the transmission rate fluctuates between <1 and >1, then not everyone would get it but the disease wouldn't die out, either.

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