A pedestrian wearing a surgical mask and gloves walks past the New York Stock Exchange. Picture: Kevin Hagen/AP
A pedestrian wearing a surgical mask and gloves walks past the New York Stock Exchange. Picture: Kevin Hagen/AP

GRAPHICS: Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to 'flatten the curve'

By Harry Stevens Time of article published Mar 19, 2020

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Washington - After the first case of covid-19, the disease caused by the new strain of coronavirus, was announced in the United States, reports of further infections trickled in slowly. Two months later, that trickle has turned into a steady current.

This so-called exponential curve has experts worried. If the number of cases were to continue to double every three days, there would be about a hundred million cases in the United States by May.

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