There has been a lot of talk about measures that can be taken to "flatten the curve" for the coronavirus. But what exactly does this mean? Flattening the curve refers to actions that can be taken to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, so as to not overwhelm the healthcare system. Some of the measures include self-quarantine, social distancing, and hand washing. Flattening the curve is crucial to containing this pandemic, especially in particularly susceptible communities.