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Health officials focus on measures to ‘flatten the curve’ to fight the coronavirus; what that means


Kentucky Health News

When health officials talk about strong measures to ‘flatten the curve’ to fight the coronavirus, this is what they’re talking about.

Measures that are being called “drastic” and “extreme” are necessary to keep the coronavirus and its COVID-19 disease from overwhelming the U.S. health-care system, according to health experts and public officials.

This chart roughly illustrates what happens when there is no action against a pandemic, and what happens when interventions flatten the transmission of the virus to a point where the health-care system can cope with it.


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  1. Khloe heilig says:

    I think there American people staying home alone worth work and schools being closed is a good idea. We need to learn as a people that we can survive without stores for a few days. We’re all living in such close perimeters as it is. If one doesn’t have milk or eggs ex. The people should be able to depend on expert knowledge that our grandparents told us. (Make do with what you have) our relationship with our government is not close we trust people we have never met but can’t even say hi to someone you have lived next to or whole life’s. If anything this should bring us closer and more self-efficient.

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