Chef Sam Cover of Spokane Washington helps readers understand how social distancing and ordering food to-go from local restaurants is helping to flatten the coronavirus curve.
For weeks, people have heard about the projected curve of the coronavirus, many without understanding exactly what it means or looks like. Sam Cover Spokane Washington chef helps readers better understand the curve and how stay-at-home orders are helping to flatten it.
“When we talk about the curve, we’re discussing the physical curvature on a graph of the projected number of people who contract COVID-19,” says Sam Cover Spokane Washington. “It’s just a model, but it helps us visualize how out of control the virus is.”
In official projections, the curve can take on many shapes that depend on the rate of infection. In projections with steep curves, it represents an exceptionally high amount of cases and, as a result, a steep fall where the virus is able to infect anyone who can be infected. This presents a specifically difficult problem for healthcare workers who would be overwhelmed by these numbers and unable to handle so many cases effectively.
“A flatter curve, however, assumes the rate of infection is much slower,” says Sam Cover Spokane Washington. “Although the same amount of people have the potential to be infected over time, this flatter curve on the graph means the healthcare system is less stressed and more capable of handling infected cases.”
The goal of the safer-at-home order is to stop the rate of infection and effectively flatten the curve so that the healthcare industry is able to fight the virus until vaccines are ready. When people order take-out food, Sam Cover says, they eliminate the risk of sitting in a confined room with many guests who may be spreading the disease unknowingly. Simply breathing in the exhaled air of someone with the coronavirus may be enough to spread infection.
“Restaurants are major gathering places that each turn over dozens or hundreds of people daily,” says Sam Cover Spokane Washington. “Besides breathing in and exhaling the same air, restaurant guests may spread infection by coughing into their hands without washing them and touching surfaces.”
Thankfully, stay-at-home orders have already begun having a flattening effect on the infection rate. In Spokane Washington, Dr. Bob Lutz said that physical distancing has already made an impact on the curve, and he mentions numbers suggesting the amount of new daily cases peaked late last month. It is also suggested that hospitalizations in the area due to coronavirus have gone down since the end of March.
“Continue staying at home and ordering only to-go or delivery from restaurants and I’m confident we can defeat this virus in little time,” says Sam Cover Spokane Washington.