epidemic curve

noun
variants: or less commonly epidemiological curve or epidemiologic curve or epi curve \ ˈe-​pē-​ How to pronounce epi curve (audio) \

Definition of epidemic curve

: a visual representation in the form of a graph or chart depicting the onset and progression of an outbreak of disease and especially infectious disease in a particular population

Note: An epidemic curve plots the number of documented cases over a period of time (such as days, weeks, or months) and can provide valuable epidemiological information (such as the pattern of spread, mode of transmission, and incubation period).

As there is no specific medication to treat COVID-19, nor any vaccine to protect us against this infection, public health authorities are stressing the importance of hygiene and self-isolation to slow the spread of the virus and flatten the epidemic curve.— Joseph Q. Jarvis The E. coli outbreak, which by last official count had sickened 53 people in 16 states, dates to March 13, with no known fatalities. … The CDC publishes an "epi curve" that shows that people began getting sick on March 13.— Lena H. Sun and Joel Achenbach Community spread is limited now, but officials expect it to accelerate. Now, he [Governor Jared Polis] said, testing must scale up to offer a more informed picture of community spread and "where we are in the epidemiological curve."Fort Collins Coloradoan

First Known Use of epidemic curve

1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Epidemic curve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epidemic%20curve. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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