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caption: What might happen to our medical system - and thus to us - if we aren't able to flatten the curve.
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What might happen to our medical system - and thus to us - if we aren't able to flatten the curve.

How we raise the line

Speaking to a critical care physician about Italy as a cautionary tale for what happens if we don't flatten the curve.

To attempt to flatten the curve here in Washington, schools and restaurants are shut down. Large gatherings are banned. People are working from home and keeping a social distance.

That’s the first part of graph, the curve. The other piece of it is the dotted line. That represents the healthcare system, which in Italy is already in crisis.

Critical care physician Mark Tonelli joined Bill Radke to discuss what it would look like if that happened here.