Flattening The Curve. How Does This Help?

Commentators are currently suggesting that the United States is behind the curve of their fellow nations when it comes to fighting the coronavirus. Italy is said to be ahead of the United States and if this information is true? It should be troubling for all citizens. However, there are ways for the nation to rally.

We need to be making certain decisions that are designed to assist the greater collective. People need to take personal responsibility for their own actions. Social distancing might be a new concept to some but this is one of the most pivotal actions that we can take as far as reducing the spread of the virus.

This is how the infection curve is flattened. Those who decide to take matters into their own hands are only making matters worse for the rest of us. At a time like this, we are all dependent on each other for survival. The coronavirus spread will slow down when we all band together and do the right thing.

While this seems rather simple, it is going to be the difference between life and death for so many of us. Public hygiene practices are also going to be crucial during this time. People need to be staying home anyway but proper hand washing is of the utmost importance as well.

Cases have been confirmed in every state except for West Virginia. The World Health Organization has declared a pandemic and countries all over the world are scrambling to find their way. The Trump administration is now doing its best to alter its initial strategy on the fly.

What was once a strategy of strict containment has now evolved to become a strategy of mitigation and containment. Hand washing, social distancing and proper hygiene should be all common sense at this point. Why anyone has to be told to do any of these things is beyond our level of comprehension.

Public health officials are hoping to limit the amount of contact that takes place between those who have the virus and those who are not infected. This will slow down the outbreak and ease the level of stress on the nation’s healthcare systems. At-risk groups need to be monitored so that they can continue to receive proper care.

According to the World Health Organization, four out of every five coronavirus sufferers are not going to display any noticeable symptoms. This makes things even more challenging, as people do not wish to be kept inside when they are feeling fine. The onus is being placed on young people to do the right thing and stay indoors. They could serve as unwitting vectors for the virus if they are not careful.

chart based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

While there are some who are pointing out that the virus is not as infectious as the flu, the reality is more serious. COVID-19 is far more deadly. The elderly are at a much higher level of risk than their younger counterparts. The virus can spread from those who do not have symptoms, which makes the social distancing aspect of the recovery process even more imperative.

Without social distancing, the virus will be able to spread much more quickly and the recovery time is sure to become more protracted. As of right now, experts believe that it could take until July or August for the United States to return to some semblance of normalcy.

The more distance that we place between ourselves and others, the more likely we are to stem the tide. It may not seem heroic to stay indoors and cuddle up with your streaming service of choice but you are actually saving countless lives by doing so. Don’t be afraid to hunker down and get used to spending time on your couch or in your bed.

Think of it as the perfect opportunity to catch up on all of the sleep that you have been losing out on lately. By reducing the number of coronavirus cases that hospitals are forced to deal with, this reduces the strain that is placed on various medical systems. Patients who are stricken with COVID-19 are able to receive care much more easily in these scenarios.

Without a serious flattening of the curve, the United States has a long, hard road ahead. The road back to normalcy is sure to be a challenging one regardless. That’s why we must all take the proper steps, so that our health systems are not overwhelmed by the sheer number of patients that they are being forced to admit. Even America’s health resources are more finite than most citizens realize.

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