What is R?

Rako Science developed last year a epidemiological method to calculate the effective reproduction number or R0 for pandemics. They have applied this to NZ data, so one can see what the R value was at different points in time.

Of concern is that they have the current R value at 1.9 – a lot higher than the 1.2 to 1.3 the Government has been saying.

They have also provided as a public service a website where you can see the R value for any country over the last 18 months. They have Australia at 0.87, US at 2.0 and Singapore 0.9.

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