# The same principle that works for property investors works to prevent COVID-19 [INFOGRAPHIC]

We are being attacked by a silent enemy that understands the same principles that strategic property investors use – the power of compounding and leverage.

As investors we realise that capital growth, leverage and time are our friends as our assets grow exponentially - compounding and leverage gives us growth on our growth.

Unfortunately it's much the same for the way COVID-19 is attacking us.

Our enemy is using us (our bodies) for leverage to help spread itself further and faster.

And because it is very contagious, as the following graphic from Visual Capitalist shows, it is using the power of compounding to spread its nasty tentacles.

## The maths behind social distancing

Visual Capitalist used calculations from Signer Laboratory, to estimate the number of new infections over a 30 day period, across three scenarios

Their infographic illustrates how a reduction in social exposure can theoretically contain the spread of infection.

Scenario 5 Day Period 30 Day Period
No social distancing practiced 1 person infects 2.5* others 406 people infected as a result
50% reduction in social exposure 1 person infects 1.25* others 15 people infected as a result
75% reduction in social exposure 1 person infects 0.625* others 2.5 people infected as a result

*For estimations only. It is not possible to infect only a fraction of another person.

To arrive at the figures reported above, Robert A.J. Signer, Ph.D., and his team made a number of key assumptions.

First, they estimated the basic reproduction number (R0) of COVID-19 to be 2.5, a figure supported by recent research.

This means that, on average, an infected individual will spread the disease to 2.5 other people.

Next, they assumed that an infected individual will unknowingly spread COVID-19 over the median five day incubation period.

After this period, the individual will begin to develop symptoms, immediately self quarantine, and no longer pose a threat.

Finally, they assumed a direct linear correlation between social interactions and R0.

This means that when an infected person reduces their physical contact with others by 50%, they also spread the disease by an amount 50% less.

## We All Have a Part to Play

With the number of COVID-19 cases still rising, our governments have issued quarantine orders and travel bans.

The maths supports these decisions—reducing our physical contact with others, even when we aren’t experiencing any symptoms, is crucial.

The key takeaway from all of this? Social distancing is a powerful disease control tool, but only if we all participate.

## Now is the time to take action and set yourself for the opportunities that will present themselves as the market moves on

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