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Covid-19: Where do we stand now?

As we are seeing in Italy, rapid growth rate of the epidemic makes the hospital and basic medical facilities exhausted in no time

Atanu Biswas 

Atanu Biswas

While the world is grappling with the deadly coronavirus, there’s a lot of discussion on the “curve” representing the projected number of people who will contract COVID-19 over a period of time. This bell-shaped curve is not about the true numbers, but only predictions. Depending on the infection rate, the curve might be steep, in which the virus spreads at a rapid rate, with the number of cases reaching its peak quickly.

It usually experiences a steep fall thereafter. There has been a widespread call for “flattening the curve”. As we are seeing in Italy, ...

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First Published: Tue, March 24 2020. 00:11 IST
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