Since the novel coronavirus spread globally, quarantine and preventive measures are one of the methods to combat the disease. It’s been almost 2 months now since the enhanced community quarantine was issued in parts of the Philippines, but are we really ‘flattening the curve’ of the COVID-19’s presence? 

The term ‘flattening the curve’ simply puts that a country’s able to control the spread of the virus through public-health strategy. It is really a visual presentation where the x-axis shows the number days since the first confirmed case appeared, while the y-axis showcases the daily number of cases found. The U.S.-based New England Complex Systems Institute breaks down which countries are doing well with the curve — contrary to belief, the Philippines is still not part of it. 

The graphs, which provide a plot of every day’s new cases versus time with a 10-day average, gets their data from the Coronavirus Resource Center of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine updated as of May 4. 

According to, countries who are improving in handling the COVID-19 are:


Meanwhile, countries who are slowly getting there are:


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While the Philippines is not part of these lists, the website did mention that the Philippines—along with 28 other countries—need to take action. These other countries along the same line are:


To Dr. John Wong, an epidemiologist part of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases, the curve has already flattened in their country as of May 5. But then, he also reminds that it was difficult to predict the peak and just how many cases would be confirmed by then. 

The New England Complex Systems Institute also gave advise on how to help flatten the curve completely. Such actions include strict travel restrictions, massive amount of testing, and not lifting the quarantine too early.

In any way you want to believe it; we all have a long way to go in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The best course to take so we can help in our own little way is to look after one another, follow rules, and practice respect and discipline. 

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