With the recent rapid in cases of COVID-19, New Brunswick and Canada’s window to flatten the curve is closing. The time for all New Brunswickers to act is now.
The National Microbiology Laboratory has completed over 25,000 lab tests to cast the net wide for possible COVID-19 cases among patients with influenza-like illness in clinic settings all the way up to severe respiratory illness in hospitals and even if there is no travel history.
COVID-19 is a serious public health threat. While this disease is particularly serious for older adults and medically vulnerable people, all ages are at risk.
Understanding the curve
In an outbreak the number of confirmed cases is important but the rate at which the number of cases is increasing over time is also important. This information is plotted into a graph called an epidemic curve. The horizontal axis is the time cases are confirmed and the vertical access is the number of confirmed cases. The epidemic curves of outbreaks typically go in big peaks and then come down. Preventative measures can “flatten the curve”.