MURAI – Utah is experiencing one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the country with the fourth largest number of new cases, according to public health data.
A doctor at Intermountain Healthcare said Utah was still seeing the results of the holiday wave.
“We are now at the highest risk of contracting COVID, higher than ever,” said Dr. Todd Vento, an infectious disease physician at Intermountain Healthcare. “That’s why we have to make a commitment to finish this race.”
The virus is now as infected in the hive as ever, Vento said, despite precautions Utah has already taken. That’s why he said we should double up against complacency and pandemic fatigue.
“Our conclusion from this would be that this is the right time for a post-holiday jump,”
If you meet different people every day and do not wear a mask indoors in unventilated areas, he said, your risk is even greater.
With a moving average of 3,100 new cases a day and a positivity rate of over 30%, Utah had the fourth highest number of new cases in the country on Monday. The number of cases has doubled in the last 10 days.
“The next few weeks will be even more worrying because we haven’t seen all the hospitalizations from this case,” Vento said.
The CDC now believes that 60% of COVID-19 transmission is asymptomatic.
“So an even bigger problem when you think about gathering, say for a week, two weeks during the holidays, during the New Year’s holiday,” Vento said.
The doctor said we would not start seeing the positive effects of the vaccine on the number of our cases for months.
“It will probably get worse in terms of numbers,” Vento said. “So, it’s even more important to get everyone committed in 2021 to implementing existing public health prevention measures.”
So he encouraged everyone to make these practices part of the New Year’s resolution.
“So if you go out of the house and put on clothes, you have to think you’re naked if you don’t have a mask.”
“Masking, social distancing and restricting gatherings with people who do not live in our homes are as important as they are now,” he said.
So if you leave the house and put on clothes, you should think that you are naked if you do not have a mask.
–Dr. Todd Vento, Infectious Diseases Physician at Intermountain Healthcare
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