In the latest coronavirus news, public health experts warn the public about the increasing infection rates. Read on to learn all about it.
In This Article:
- Latest Trends and Projections
- Increasing Number of Hospitalizations
- High Levels of Community Spread
- Keep the Projections From Becoming Reality
Coronavirus News: Understanding the Numbers and What They Could Mean
Latest Trends and Projections
The latest COVID-19 infection reports show that 31 states show an upward infection rate trend. At this rate, experts from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation predict that over 180,000 more Americans may die from COVID-19 by February 2021.
This projection is on top of the 7.7 million COVID-19 infections and 215,000 deaths recorded as of mid-October. If the trend continues, it means that the death toll may double by February next year.
Health experts believe that the trajectory is very concerning, especially since the country is quickly moving into the colder seasons.
Increasing Number of Hospitalizations
The increasing infection rate means fuller hospitals. In fact, according to the COVID Tracking Project, nine states reported their highest COVID-19 hospitalizations in early October. These states include:
- Missouri – reported 1,344 current hospitalizations on October 8
- Wisconsin – reported 950 current hospitalizations on October 12
- Oklahoma – reported 758 current hospitalizations on October 10
- Arkansas – reported 608 current hospitalizations on October 12
- Kansas – reported 469 current hospitalizations on October 9
- Nebraska – reported 305 current hospitalizations on October 11
- North Dakota – reported 233 current hospitalizations on October 12
- Montana – reported 219 current hospitalizations on October 12
- Wyoming – reported 56 current hospitalizations on October 8
If this trend continues, it can become very problematic because hospitals may become overwhelmed. It’s not just a problem for people who may need care for COVID-19, but it’s important to remember that other health issues may require medical care as well.
For example, people who have heart attacks or strokes will need emergency hospital care. For non-emergent symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends calling before seeking medical care in hospitals or clinics.
Telemedicine is also a convenient option. With telemedicine services, like StreamMD, you can consult a doctor from the comfort of your own home. That way, you won’t have to risk further infection by commuting to a medical care facility.
High Levels of Community Spread
Another worrisome trend public health officials are worried about is the high levels of community spread. In many areas around the country, COVID-19 patients are unsure of where they got the infection.
Many patients can’t trace their illness for a single source. The inability to identify transmission chains for a large number of cases shows that community transmission of COVID-19 is still ongoing. When there’s a community spread of a disease, it’s harder to break the transmission chain.
Keep the Projections From Becoming Reality
To prevent these projections from becoming a reality, public health experts urge the public to continue following the same tried and tested infection prevention tips. These tips include:
- Maintaining social distance – try to stay six feet away from sick people and people you don’t live with.
- Wearing a face covering – make sure you wear a face-covering or mask that covers your nose and mouth simultaneously. This is especially important in contexts where it isn’t easy to maintain social distance.
- Avoiding large group gatherings – if there are gatherings of any kind, it’s best to hold these gatherings outdoors. The virus spreads more quickly indoors.
- Washing your hands regularly – just like other respiratory viruses, handwashing can prevent the spread of infection. Germs can spread when you touch your face with unwashed hands.
- Isolating and quarantining when sick. If you experience any non-severe COVID-19 symptoms, it’s essential to isolate and quarantine at home. It’s important to stay in touch with your doctor, though. Use telemedicine services so that your doctor can keep track of your progress.
These tips may sound simple and, at this point, somewhat repetitive—but they are effective in preventing infection. If everyone practices these public health measures, these projections don’t have to become a reality.
This increasing trend isn’t just a problem in the United States. The World Health Organization reports that it’s also happening in other parts of the world. While several states were able to get their infection rates down, public health officials warn them not to let their guard down.
So it’s essential to monitor your health and maintain infection prevention protocols. If you’re interested in talking to a doctor about any health concerns, get started with StreamMD today.
How will you reduce the risk of infection in the coming months? Share your tips with us in the comments section below.
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