[Ads-l] patient zero

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Mon Nov 10 20:19:47 UTC 2014


I have always thought about it a 'degrees of separation' from the source.
The source itself has zero degrees of separation.

DanG

On Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 2:27 PM, Chris Waigl <chris at lascribe.net> wrote:

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> On 7 Nov 2014, at 19:02, Neal Whitman <nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET> wrote:
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> > Also, why not "patient one"? Metaphorical extension of "ground zero=94?
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> My understanding, or honestly, guess, is that epidemiologist want to =
> speak of primary, secondary, tertiary carriers (in the plural), or =
> infections, or waves, or some other technical term. So the singular, =
> special one would have to come before =93primary=94.
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