Is the K number the new R number? What you need to know
Just a few months ago, no one, aside from epidemiologists and their ilk, had heard of the R number. Now, thanks to the coronavirus, everyone has heard of it and most people can tell you that it’s the reproduction number, an indicator of whether the number of infected people is increasing or decreasing.
What is the K number? Here Adam Kleczkowski of University of Strathclyde explains the “dispersion parameter” that is important for looking at the concept of super-spreading.