Is Australia flattening the curve of novel coronavirus cases? Explained.

Post date:



In the absence of a vaccine that could stop an outbreak altogether, a flattened curve is beneficial.

Speaking to Mamamia’s daily news podcast, The Quicky, Dr Sanjaya Senanayake, an infectious disease specialist and Associate Professor at ANU Medical School, explained why.

“You can have [an outbreak] end quickly or end over a longer period of time,” he said. “When you hear those options, the former one — ending quickly — sounds better. But for that to occur, it means that a lot of people will get infected at once.”

That scenario essentially relies on the fact that people who get the virus develop immunity to it, and then… well, in very basic terms, that’s it; it’s all over.

“The problem with that is that the health system may not have the capacity to cope,” Dr Senanayake said.

And as we’ve seen through Italy and Spain, that can be deadly.

Both countries have been…

Continue Reading Source


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here




15 Affordable Amazon Finds That Look Expensive AF

2020 was a disappointing year for a multitude of reasons but, for me, the cherry on top was blindly hopping into the passenger...

Today in Feminist History: Birth Control Advocate Ethel Byrne is Force-fed (January 27, 1917)

Today in Feminist History is our daily recap of the major milestones and minor advancements that shaped women’s history in the U.S.—from suffrage...

“Uplifting the Rights of Girls and Women in the U.S. and Around the World”: Biden and Harris Announce New White House Gender Policy Council

After the Trump administration’s outright hostility to women, a broad-based effort to address the erosion of women’s rights and “build back better” is...