ONLINE GRAPHIC: University of Michigan Medicine — flattening the curve

If you look at the image above, you can see two curves — two different versions of what might happen in the United States, depending on next steps.

The tall, skinny curve is bad — it means that a lot of people will get sick at once, in a short period of time because we don’t take enough steps to prevent the virus from spreading from person to person.

Most people won’t get sick enough to need a hospital. But those who do could overwhelm the number of beds and care teams that our nation’s hospitals have available.

— University of Michigan Medicine