SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — A surge in COVID cases in California has sent infectious disease experts in the Bay Area sounding the alarm.
“It’s worrying that the numbers are rising at a time when it’s less than three weeks after Thanksgiving and we know what happened 10 days after Thanksgiving last year and then Christmas and all the holidays, including New Years and that’s what’s very disturbing” said Dr. John Swartzberg, UC Berkeley Infectious Disease specialist.
To make matters worse, not enough of the most vulnerable have gotten their booster shot.
“Declining immunity is real, booster fixes waning immunity at least for several months, but we don’t spend as much as we need to, I think it was 3.4 million this morning and there are 5.7 million 65 or older in it California, so it has to go out on that basis,” said Dr. George Rutherford, UCSF Professor of Epidemiology.
With holiday gatherings approaching, there are several ways to protect yourself.
“One thing you can do is say you need to be vaccinated to come. I’ve been getting wedding invitations like this, another thing you can do is do it like last year, have as much outside as possible and keep family groups separate at different tables” said Dr. Rutherford.
Another protective step is to have everyone attending that meeting do a quick test the morning of the vent.
“The nice thing about those rapid antigen tests is that you get the results within 15 minutes and it’s very accurate in determining if you might be contagious to someone else,” said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County health officer.
If we are at the beginning of a winter swing, it remains to be seen how bad it will be.
That’s why medical experts say we’re racing against time to get young people vaccinated and get the booster for those most at risk.