Graphic: Drew Harris
Flatten the curve =
Wikipedia: Preventing a sharp peak of infections, known as flattening the epidemic curve, keeps healthcare services from being overwhelmed, and also provides more time for a vaccine/treatment to be developed. Spreading the infections over a longer time frame allows healthcare services to better manage the volume of patients.
The story behind ‘flatten the curve,’ the defining chart of the coronavirus – Fast Company
Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve” – Washington Post
Important to remember that #Covid-19 epidemic control measures may only delay cases, not prevent. However, this helps limit surge and gives hospitals time to prepare and manage. It's the difference between finding an ICU bed & ventilator or being treated in the parking lot tent. pic.twitter.com/VOyfBcLMus
— Drew A. Harris, DPM, MPH (@drewaharris) February 28, 2020