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The Science of Superspreaders

A fraction of infected people trigger the bulk of new cases, one reason the pandemic is far from over

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Smithville, Texas, a town of 4,500 people an hour’s drive southeast of Austin, hasn’t yet been overly affected by Covid-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus. As of late May, the entire county of Bastrop has had about 200…

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Robert Roy Britt

Robert Roy Britt

Health & science writer. Independent journalist covering physical health & mental wellness. My new book, “Make Sleep Your Superpower,” is coming Nov. 1.