Flattening the curve — or buying more time for COVID-19 patients and the health care providers caring for them?
“I'm Iahn Gonsenhauser, chief quality and patient safety officer at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
“I've been receiving many questions recently about what we mean by “flattening the curve,” so today we’re going to talk a little bit about that.
“The curve that we're talking about is the rate of new infections and how quickly patients who become newly infected are presenting to hospitals.
“We have to do everything we can to limit that rate so that our health systems don't become overwhelmed.
“The way that we're approaching this is through social distancing, hand hygiene and avoiding traveling. And it’s working.
“Across the nation, we expect to see the peak of infections somewhere in mid-April.
“Here in Ohio, where we started social distancing early on ahead of most states, we're seeing that date pushed back, and that's exactly what we'd expect with flattening the curve.
“This is precisely what we need to buy our health systems more time and make sure our patients can have the care that they need when they need it.
“So let's keep going, Ohio.
“We have to keep on pushing and keep doing everything we can to continue to flatten that curve, and see this thing all the way through.”