How We Can Get the Next Phase of the Coronavirus Right
Heading into our pandemic summer, my biggest worry is that in the effort to get Americans to flatten the coronavirus curve, nobody prepared the country for what comes next.
In late February “flatten the curve” became our collective refrain — stay home, save lives. Charts showing how social distancing can reduce the spread of the virus and protect hospitals from overcrowding were simple to interpret and they became a meme. Americans listened, many at great personal sacrifice.
But, as Vox’s Matt Yglesias noted in a column last week, flattening the curve is just one part of the response to the pandemic. It’s a mitigation strategy, which helps keep hospitals from becoming overwhelmed and drives cases and deaths down. But there’s a second phase …continued .
[Source: New York Times]