Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The Traveling Salesman

The traveling salesman problem is long studied in computer science
But now it's epidemiology that's behind the headlines
His mission was selling products that make you healthier
But sadly his tainted breath made him a superspreader

The virus keeps causing sheer pandemonium
By changing humanity's curriculum
Asymptomatic transmission is a tough problem to solve, on its face
In retrospect, they searched for close contacts to track and trace

Remember, the postman always rings twice
Opening your door is a roll of the dice
Wear a mask, it's your duty of care
The moral of the story: buyer beware

After: Covid-19 'superspreader' in northeast China linked to 102 infections


The Traveling Salesman, a playlist

A soundtrack for this note (spotify version) See previously:

This folktale is part of a series: In a covidious time

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