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Help Flatten the Curve in Shreveport-Bossier

Each of us has a role to play in reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our Community
Learn how you can help below

 Why do we want to “Flatten the Curve”

The goal in fighting an epidemic or pandemic is to completely halt the spread of the virus.Simply slowing its spread is also critical. Slowing the spread reduces the number of cases that are active at any given time, which gives doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, schools and first responders more time to prepare and respond without becoming overwhelmed.​Slowing and spreading out a large number of cases will save lives. Flattening the curve enables more people to stay healthier longer so that there are fewer people at home all at once, meaning more are available to keep critical systems going for those who are sick. ​

Why Are those two curves important?

The graph above shows a model of how the number of new cases add up over time. The  more people reporting with the virus on a given day, the higher the curve in red shows; a high curve means the virus is spreading fast. The lower curve in gray shows  the virus is spreading slower, so fewer people are being diagnosed with it.  Keeping the curve down, or 'flat' like the gray one means that fewer new cases are occurring, more people are able to stay healthy longer.  More healthy people means fewer at the hospital at any given time which prevents the medical system from becoming overwhelmed.

What can we do to turn the red curve into the gray curve?

Diseases spread when one person gives it to one or more other people, who then go on to give it to more people, and so on. How fast this occurs depends on many factors, including:

  • how contagious the disease is
  • how many people are vulnerable
  • how quickly they get sick.

The difference between seasonal flu and coronavirus is that many people have full or partial immunity to the flu virus because they have had it before or were vaccinated against it. Far more people are vulnerable to coronavirus, so it can be spread more easily.  Using social distancing measures to keep people apart, using self-isolation and actual quarantine decreases opportunities for transmission. Efforts to keep people farther apart, makes each transmission opportunity less likely. This slows the spread. 

What can I do Personally?