Flattening the curve
As cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) rise around the globe, you’ve likely heard public health officials use the term ‘flattening the curve’.
This ‘curve’ is based on modelling and shows the likely number of people who will get COVID-19 over a period of time. Currently, many countries affected by COVID-19 are seeing continued large increases in the number of cases each day.
The average person with COVID-19 can infect up to 2-3 people. Without any control measures, these people then go on to infect another 2-3 people each. It can spread fast, and this is how we see large rises in cases.