Will Smith explains how 'flattening the curve' works, answers other coronavirus questions
It's also, as it turns out, helpful to check in with Will Smith.
Remember when he starred as a virologist in the 2007 post-apocalyptic movie "I Am Legend"? Well, the actor took preparing for that role seriously. After visiting the CDC and learning about infectious diseases, he says, "It changed my life and how I looked at the world."
And Smith still knows his stuff.
The entertainer sat down with his family (minus son Jaden, who was responsibly self-quarantining post-trip) on wife Jada Pinkett Smith's Facebook Watch show "Red Table Talk" on Wednesday. The nearly hour-long episode was all about providing clarity on the status of the coronavirus pandemic. The Smiths were also joined, remotely, by infectious-disease expert Michael Osterholm.
"RTT" felt like a dinner table conversation that was free of misinformation, thanks in part to Smith going into full "knowledgeable dad helping you with your 真人百家家乐官网网站homework" mode to explain coronavirus basics.
Smith, in sweatpants and a five o'clock shadow, directed his on-camera explanation to daughter Willow, who spent much of the episode resting on her arms across the table, understandably overwhelmed by the circumstances.
Leaning forward and raising his eyebrows, Smith talked to his daughter, and "RTT" viewers, about what a virus is and why it's important to practice social distancing.
He said, "A virus wants your whole body to be the virus and uses your cells to make more of themselves." Later, he broke down what "flattening the curve" means.
"Imagine our local hospital can handle 40 respiratory patients at one time. If 50 people show up at one time to get 40 beds, now you have 10 people in critical condition that aren’t going to get help," he explained, raising his eyebrows and gesturing with his hands for emphasis.
"The virus is going to move through humanity," meaning there may be the same number of sick people over time. But with social distancing, new cases will be added more slowly, so fewer people are competing for hospital space at once.
"It’s no longer about stopping the virus; it's about (preventing the collapse of) hospital systems," he said.
Osterholm was impressed by Smith's infectious-disease knowledge.
"He nailed it," the expert said.
The entire, informative "Red Table Talk" episode, complete with questions and answers about respirators and including an interview about what it's like to have coronavirus, is available to stream here.