Spreadsheets

When I first went back to college in 1997 one of the first classes I took was a course in using office software.  I don’t know why.  It was called Intro to Computing and I was a Computer Science major.  I barely used any of it again over the course of the last 23 years.

Until today.

I am keeping two Google spreadsheets.  One tracks COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts by date, the other does the same for the United States.  One of the columns tracks the daily change in total cases.  Today’s total minus yesterday’s total.  Another column tracks the death rate.  Just a few minutes ago I figured out how to take a math function from one cell and fill it down to the entire column below it.  I knew how to do that back in 1997 but I didn’t know how to do it in Google Sheets.  I am ignorant no longer (well…).

Oh, and did I mention that I have line graphs on both sheets too?  I’m tracking the curves and hoping it is flatter than it would have been without us all staying at home.  I hope so, but based on my little graphs it sure doesn’t look it.  Those curves are steep.

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