As COVID-19 continues to spread, I’ve been really impressed with one particular piece of technical communication. This chart has shown up in a number of places, and it’s the sort of visual representation that can really make a difference for audiences. When I saw it, I thought, “Oh–I get it now. Slowing the virus down actually lessens its impact.” This is some smart work.

A graph showing two curves and a dotted line representing the healthcare system's capacity running horizontally. One curve rises high above that line and peters out quickly; the other is a longer curve that goes on longer but peaks later and just brushes the capacity line.

Versions of this graphic have appeared in a number of places. This particular one can be found at:


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