* Updated with information from Wednesday, March 11

All the eyes of Europe look in the direction of Italy to know the growth of the coronavirus. The transalpine nation is serving as an outpost to study the an infection course of, the relative improve in instances and the measures to be taken in the not too distant future. Against this background, the query is apparent: Are Spain and the remainder of Europe going to expertise in the subsequent few days what Italy is already experiencing?

Based on historic information revealed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and John Hopkins University, the incidence of coronavirus worsens from 100 instances registered. Below this determine, the virus remains to be controllable, but when this threshold is exceeded, the contagion curve begins to develop considerably. This has been seen in the most important European nations, the place the 100 instances registered for a number of days have already been exceeded.

As seen in the earlier graph, the contaminated curves of Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom comply with a related trajectory throughout the following days after reaching 100 contaminated by coronavirus. The solely distinction between the six curves is the slope of every one: that of Italy is nicely above these of Spain, Germany and France seven days after reaching 100 instances, which reveals that the affect of the coronavirus on these three nations is being, at the second, lower than Italy.

The evolution of the coronavirus in Spain, France and Germany throughout this week shall be key to seeing the growth of the illness in these nations. If the curves transfer away from the Italian one, it’ll imply that they’ve managed to include the advance of the virus. Instead, in the event that they method it will likely be an indicator that the state of affairs is worsening and we must take into consideration adopting measures comparable to these being carried out by the Italian authorities.

The curve flattens in China and Korea

The trajectories and slopes of the European curves additionally resemble that of the Asian nations the place the coronavirus started to unfold a few months in the past. The first moments of the contaminated curves in China, South Korea and Iran have a really steep slope.

But after two weeks of reaching 100 contaminated, a gradual flattening of the graph, thus drawing a S-shaped curve. After China, this modification in development is starting to be seen in South Korea and, incipiently, in Iran.

The exception to those curves is Japan, the place the incidence of coronavirus has remained fixed with out reaching the identical slope because it has been achieved in the remainder of the nations.

Now it stays to be seen if Italy, Spain and the remainder of European nations handle to attract their S-shaped curve and in the event that they do, when.

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