Challenge your students to work out the reproduction number, R0

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Governments across the world are closely monitoring R0 to guide their response to the coronavirus pandemic. In this activity for 14–16 students, they will find out more about R0 and how simple models can be used to predict how our actions affect it. Calculations allow the students to see how even apparently small changes in its value can have a big impact on the number of infected individuals within a population.

Model answers are provided in the answer sheet.

Use this worksheet alongside the article, Calling the disease detectives from Education in Chemistry.