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Similar venues are not created equal when it comes to super-spreader events

With 80% of infections caused by 10% of cases, time and space are key in the struggle to avoid such events: experts

Paul Nuki and Sarah Newey

Why have some areas been hit harder than others? How can one bar or restaurant go untouched while another sparks a super-spreading event? Could social bubbles work well in schools, but not at a concert or on a golf course?

Slowly but surely scientists are closing in on the rules of contagion. A string of scientific papers published over the past few months is helping governments inch towards Covid-19-mitigation policies that strike a better balance between health and economy.

Rarely commented on and often esoteric, they are being pored over by government advisers. They help explain some of the seemingly random decisions, such as ordering pubs to close at 10pm and making masks mandatory in shops, but not offices...

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