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Break the curve

April 16, 2020 | Science

It tracks the more than 36,000 people who have died from the disease caused by the new coronavirus in Italy, the European epicentre of the pandemic.

By looking at the wave, we can see the track of the disease in each country and how far each still has to go to limit and then stop deaths in the outbreak.

It is important to keep in mind that deaths are a “lagging indicator,” which means we may only see a decrease in response to effective containment policies weeks after they are implemented.