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  Indian J Med Microbiol
 

Figure 1: Schematic representation of “flattening the curve” during an outbreak. (A) Typical course of a pandemic without targeted intervention (e.g. physical distancing). This scenario places undue burden on healthcare institutions and is likely to exceed preoutbreak capacity (indicated by dashed horizontal line) and resources available to treat affected patients; (B) modified curve resulting from the prompt implementation of mitigation measures (e.g. physical distancing). In this scenario, both the rate of increase of new cases and the peak number of cases are significantly lower, permitting the existing infrastructure to reasonably handle the increased demands associated with an outbreak

Figure 1: Schematic representation of “flattening the curve” during an outbreak. (A) Typical course of a pandemic without targeted intervention (e.g. physical distancing). This scenario places undue burden on healthcare institutions and is likely to exceed preoutbreak capacity (indicated by dashed horizontal line) and resources available to treat affected patients; (B) modified curve resulting from the prompt implementation of mitigation measures (e.g. physical distancing). In this scenario, both the rate of increase of new cases and the peak number of cases are significantly lower, permitting the existing infrastructure to reasonably handle the increased demands associated with an outbreak