Epidemics begin in one of three model independent ways.
Consider the first 100 days:
COVID-19 grew exponentially in New York City and Mississippi until Stay-in-Place orders were declared - despite the vast differences in population density.
NYC has tamed an exponential epidemic (for now).
Mississippi's epidemic continues to persist - growing linearly in case numbers and quadratically in deaths.
Explore the striking similarities and important differences between NYC and Mississippi data in the COVID-19 menu to the right.