Are we still in the endemic stage of the COVID-19 pandemic? Public health experts do not believe this. “First of all, the number of infections out there, we never have the flu, as we infected hundreds of thousands of people.” says White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH. “These are a lot of infections. We still have to work on it. Secondly, we take a very active, aggressive approach to reducing hospitalizations. If we stop vaccinations, if we stop treatments, these treatments will start to rise again. “We’re in a battle, we’re fighting hard and we’re keeping things away. It ‘s not time to give up and say,’ Okay, this is as good as it gets. ‘ Read below — and to ensure your health and the health of others, do not miss them Definitely signs that you already had COVID.
COVID-19 cases have risen by 91% in Georgia, but health experts fear the numbers are actually five to ten times higher than official reports – meaning Georgia is in the middle of a sharp rise. “We are missing the first signals” says Dr. Jayne Morgan, Executive Director of the Piedmont Healthcare COVID-19 Working Group. “We went through it. That’s kind of how we are.”
“The only thing that gives me any hope is that (hospitalizations) have remained low for much longer than we have had in the last two waves,” said Dr John Delzel, vice president and incident manager at the Northeast Georgia Health System.
COVID-19 cases have increased by 60% in Mississippi, with hospitalizations doubling since early June. “Fortunately, we do not see the impact on mortality. Do not underestimate the importance of treatment and everything, because we will lose people.” says State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobb. “And if this is the person you love, it’s 100% a tragedy for you. But over 95% of people have some immunity to COVID, so that makes a difference.”
COVID-19 cases increased by 51% in Kansas. “Although we have not seen a large trend in the growing number of reported cases, we have seen a significant increase in the number of people being treated in the Health System.” says Dr. Dana Hawkinson, Medical Director of Infectious Disease Prevention and Control at the University of Kansas Health System. “But overall, those numbers continue to be much lower than they were in the most recent increase.”
COVID-19 cases increased by 49% in South Dakota. “Governor Noem provided her people with up-to-date science, facts and data and then entrusted them with personal responsibility to make the best decisions for themselves and their loved ones.” Governor’s communications director Kristi Noem told CNN in February during the Omicron explosion.
COVID-19 cases increased by 48% in Alabama. “The number counted is much higher than what has been said, because a lot of people do home tests and home tests are not going to be reported to the health ministry or local authorities.” says Dr. Ali Hassoun, an infectious disease specialist at Huntsville Hospital.
How to stay safe out there
Follow the basic principles of public health and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live – get vaccinated or boosted as soon as possible. if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 face maskdo not travel, social distances, avoid large crowds, do not go indoors with people with whom you are not sheltered (especially in bars), do good hand hygiene and to protect your life and the lives of others, do not visit any of them 35 places you are most likely to get COVID.