What Does “Flattening the Curve” Mean and Why is it Important?

If we can delay the spread of the virus so that new cases aren’t popping up all at once, but rather over the course of weeks or months, “then the system can adjust and accommodate all the people who are possibly going to get sick and possibly need hospital care.” People would still get infected but at a rate that the health care system could actually keep up with — a scenario represented by the more gently sloped curve on the graph. Continue reading What Does “Flattening the Curve” Mean and Why is it Important?