(a) shows the progression for two different strategies. In both cases, the enhanced mitigation leads to a 50% reduction of from 2 to 1. In the first scenario (early mitigation, blue curves), the reduction lasted for only 15 days starting from day 27. In the second scenario (delayed mitigation, red curves), the mitigation was applied on day 37 and lasted for 45 days. (b and c) show daily incidence and cumulative attack rates for both strategies. As predicted, differences in the initial mitigation had no significant effect on the epidemic in the long run: the two trajectories eventually converge towards the universal attractor. However, early mitigation allows the peak of the infection to be suppressed, potentially reducing stress on the healthcare system. A delayed mitigation gives rise to a sizable second wave.