As COVID-19 cases rise in NH, health officials are optimistic
As COVID-19 cases rise in NH, health officials are optimistic

As COVID-19 cases rise in NH, health officials are optimistic

Although COVID-19 cases have been on the rise in New Hampshire, health officials said the state is in good shape, but people should still take the virus seriously. State health officials said the majority of COVID-19 infections in New Hampshire and nationally are caused by the BA.2 subvariant. “said Dr. Benjamin Chan, the state epidemiologist.Chan said he remains optimistic as COVID-19 infections rise in the state. He noted that reported cases are only a fraction of those actually infected due to the amount of home tests that take place. “The number of reported infections reported to us on a daily basis is a subset of the greater number of infections, that actually occurs. within our society, “Chan said. Health officials said hospitalizations are the most important data point used to judge the severity of any increase. “So the good news is this,” Governor Chris Sununu said. “We do not see a massive burden or crunch on the health care system. The vast majority of people work through the symptoms very, very well.” Although officials continue to recommend vaccination as the best line of defense against severe infection from COVID-19, the availability of antiviral drugs at commercial pharmacies can also help keep a person with COVID-19 out of the hospital. “Providers can prescribe these drugs to individuals “who may be infected with COVID-19 to prevent the person from developing a more serious illness that could possibly result in hospitalization or death due to COVID-19,” Chan said. Chan said there has been a shift in focus on public health efforts, acknowledging that COVID-19 will continue to spread and focus on preventing serious outcomes for those infected.

Although COVID-19 cases have been on the rise in New Hampshire, health officials said the state is in good shape, but people should still take the virus seriously.

State health officials said the majority of COVID-19 infections in New Hampshire and nationally are caused by the BA.2 subvariant.

“While the numbers are rising, the number of hospitalizations is small compared to where we came from during the omicron rise,” said Dr. Benjamin Chan, the state epidemiologist.

Chan said he remains optimistic as COVID-19 infections rise in the state. He noted that reported cases are only a fraction of those actually infected due to the amount of home testing that takes place.

“The number of reported infections reported to us on a daily basis is a subset of the greater number of infections that actually occur in our community,” Chan said.

Health authorities said hospitalizations are the most important data point used to assess the severity of any increase.

“So the good news is this,” Governor Chris Sununu said. “We do not see a massive burden or crunch on the health care system. The vast majority of people work through the symptoms very, very well.”

Although officials continue to recommend vaccination as the best line of defense against severe infection from COVID-19, the availability of antiviral drugs in commercial pharmacies can also help keep a person with COVID-19 out of the hospital.

“Providers can prescribe these medications to people who may be infected with COVID-19 to prevent the person from developing into a more serious illness that could potentially result in hospitalization or death as a result of COVID-19,” Chan said.

Chan said there has been a shift in focus on public health efforts, acknowledging that COVID-19 will continue to spread and focus on preventing serious outcomes for those infected.

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