Coronavirus: What Does Curve-Flattening Look Like?

Cisco Cotto
April 15, 2020 - 6:00 am
Coronavirus

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Growth in the number of coronavirus cases is going the right way, says Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker. 

On Tuesday, he talked about how the state's rate of “doubling” in its number of cases has appreciably slowed — from every two days on March 22 to every 8.2 days by April 12. 

“Usually, when it’s escalating at an exponential rate you’re seeing a doubling of cases every three to five days. When that period of time elongates that means that you’re actually slowing down the transmission of the virus in the community,” Minneapolis-based Bloomberg health writer Michelle Cortez tells Cisco Cotto on the latest WBBM In Depth podcast.

“And that’s an indication that you guys are actually ‘bending’ the curve, you’re flattening the curve and getting a hold on the virus.”

Other guests on this week's podcast include Phil Lempert of the website Supermarket Guru, who talks about the different phases of "panic buying" during the national lockdown. 

Earlier, there was a run on hand sanitizer and toilet paper. The next highly sought items will be hair-care products, he says, because people have not been able to go barbershops and salons during stay-at-home orders.