Courtesy of Johannes Kalliauer/ CC BY-SA 4.0, found at livescience.com
This chart illustrates what experts mean when they say that we need to "flatten the curve." The red area indicates the rapid increase in the number of coronavirus infections if no precautions are taken. The lower curve to the right indicates the same number of cases, but spread out over time due to precautions taken, such as social distancing. The dotted line indicates the capacity of the medical system. Note that social distancing helps keep the number of cases below the maximum health care system capacity.
I was smart enough to get out of graduate school alive, but I've never been one with a quick wit. So it often takes me a while to puzzle through things.
With the flood of information coming out about the coronavirus and the various reactions, I often hear and listen but don't comprehend. Then, hours or days later, I have an "aha!" moment and everything falls into place and makes sense.
When things do fall into place, suddenly certain things become clear and they make sense. Being a journalist, when things make sense to me, I feel a compulsion to share my understanding with others.