Focusing on the Facts

Assistant Professor David Blodgett

The distribution of correct facts and knowledge during a pandemic is vital. Assistant Professor David Blodgett wants to reinforce that.

Blodgett, who teaches biotechnology in the Math and Science Division, recently created an online video to inform the Babson College community on the importance of social distancing, the dangers our health care system could face, and statistics surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak.

“There’s so much information out there, so being able to distill it into take-home messages to offer validity is valuable,” he said. “Education is key, and trying to put this in the perspective for our students is the least I could do.”

Why Social Distancing Is Imperative

In his 10-minute talk, Blodgett explained how social distancing could curb the spread of COVID-19. He said if the virus rapidly spreads, the number of sick patients will exceed the amount of hospital beds available.

“By limiting human-to-human contact, we allow hospitals, doctors, nurses, and staff to treat those who are sick without overwhelming the system and putting even more people at risk of dying,” Blodgett said. “By staying indoors, limiting social interactions as much as possible, we give the medical system a chance.”

Blodgett also explained the immense differences in mortality rates between seasonal flu and COVID-19. As of Monday morning, there have been more than 340,000 confirmed cases around the world, including about 35,000 in the United States, according to The Wall Street Journal. Almost 15,000 have died around the world.

He described the current moment as a “last chance” at decelerating the spread of the virus.

“We’re in this together,” he said. “Please take care of your fellow humans.”

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