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MAY 2020 PUZZLE - "Corona EMT Blues"
Submitted by Dave Thomas
An emergency medical technician has to transport three individuals from a public testing site to a waiting area at the hospital.
One of the three, Steve, has never been exposed to the coronavirus Covid19, and is Susceptible to getting the disease. A second
person, Cathy, is Contagious with Covid19. The third person, Rachel, has contracted and Recovered from Covid19, but may still be
The medic can only transport one patient at a time. They can’t leave the susceptible person and the contagious person together in either location, because if the EMT isn’t there to enforce social distancing, the susceptible person could become infected. Likewise, they can’t leave the susceptible person and the recovered person together in either location, because the recovered patient might still be contagious.
The May Bonus:How can the medic safely transport the three patients to the waiting area of the hospital, while maintaining social distancing?
Hall of Fame (May Puzzle Solvers):Paul Braterman (UK)