Flattening the curve worked — until it didn’t – Dylan Scott Dec 31 2020 — Just Sayin’

The US started 2020 by “flattening the curve” — and never came up with a plan for what comes next. The White House is seen through pictures of people who died due to Covid-19 at a National Covid-19 Remembrance event in Washington, DC, on October 4. In the spring of 2020, as Covid-19 was beginning to take […]

Flattening the curve worked — until it didn’t – Dylan Scott Dec 31 2020 — Just Sayin’

But America failed to take advantage of that window to ramp up its virus testing and tracing capabilities, and states quickly faced intense pressure to relax their policies to alleviate the economic costs of the shutdowns. Reopening began earlier than public health experts believed it should. The political will to impose new lockdowns had evaporated by the time cases spiked again. 

At the end of 2020, with more than 20 million Covid-19 cases and nearly 350,000 deaths in the US, it is evident that trying to flatten the curve was not sufficient to end the pandemic. That doesn’t mean it failed entirely. Slowing the spread of Covid-19 was meant to buy time to figure out what came next. But the US never did.