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  • Hello and welcome to The English

  • We Speak with me, Feifei...

  • ...and me, Roy.

  • Roy, why are you hitting that table

  • with a hammer?

  • Well, I got your message about flattening

  • the curve, and then I saw that this table

  • had a bit of a bump in it, so I wanted

  • to make sure you were happy.

  • No, Roy. When I talked about 'flattening

  • the curve', it relates to

  • lowering and smoothing

  • out the peak on a graph or chart.

  • Oh, because you were talking about

  • the rate of infection in the UK.

  • It's really important

  • to 'flatten the curve' of the infection

  • to avoid our healthcare services

  • being overwhelmed

  • with too many patients at one time.

  • That's right - now let's listen

  • to these examples.

  • The government have introduced social

  • distancing measures to try

  • and flatten the curve.

  • We need to flatten the curve to prevent

  • too many admissions into hospital.

  • Flattening the curve is vital

  • to help save lives.

  • This is The English We Speak from

  • BBC Learning English and

  • we're talking about the expression

  • 'flatten the curve', which has been used

  • a lot during the coronavirus crisis.

  • It means

  • to reduce the peak of a graph or chart.

  • Yes, people have been in lockdown and

  • social distancing to flatten

  • the curve. It seems

  • that the rate of infection

  • in the UK has decreased of late.

  • Yes, it seems that way. But I can't believe

  • you were hitting that table!

  • Well - I was just trying to make

  • you happy - sorry.

  • Roy - now my chair is broken - what

  • happened to the wheels?

  • I flattened the curves on your wheels! I've

  • fixed everything - you should see what I've

  • done to your car.

  • Working with you is never

  • a boring experience!

  • Thanks!

  • Bye, Roy.

  • Bye, Feifei.

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What does 'flatten the curve' mean? - The English We Speak

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/11/02
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