Dr. Rai talks about increase in COVID-19 activity, treatment options
Dr.  Rai talks about increase in COVID-19 activity, treatment options

Dr. Rai talks about increase in COVID-19 activity, treatment options

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – COVID-19 cases are up all over the state and it comes with an increase in hospitalizations.

Prevea President and CEO Dr. Ashok Rai joined Action 2 News this morning to address current trends and the tools we have to prevent serious illness.


“We are definitely seeing an increase in positivity around Brown County, and indeed around the state of Wisconsin, it is just finally that Brown County has moved to medium. What we are seeing is an increase in cases, specifically we measure that about a week of cases per. 100,000, that is the number that in a way has made us turn out of the green area to the yellow area. This is worrying because one understands that it is a kind of under-representation of cases, because now we also have home tests, so when we see that the reported cases go up, there are actually more cases that are probably positive out there, so it is worrying for us. ”


“One of our biggest tools that we can not forget is to test. It is important to understand, especially when we enter a typical allergy season, that we all wake up with pollen on our cars, that the sniffing nose – you should first make sure it is not COVID.Especially if your allergy medicine does not control your allergies, make sure it is not COVID.Either come into the clinic and get tested or get tested at home but get tested for symptoms, “Before exposing other people, one of the best tools we have to prevent the spread is to know who is positive, isolate that person for a short period of time, and prevent the spread.”


“It’s still pretty early, but we do not see the rapid increase in hospital admissions. Do we see an increase in the number of admissions? Certainly. Are we hitting double-digit numbers locally? We are. But the rate of increase is not as high as it has been. We do not hope it goes up. However, I think it is really important that people protect themselves, get treatments to prevent these admissions from rising. We have more tools now that we have ever had to prevent these admissions. “


“It’s always worrying because we want to make sure we’re not overwhelmed by COVID so we can take care of all the other diseases, heart surgeries, cancers, we want to make sure it’s done. We also want to make sure that society is safe. Right now we are worried, a kind of elevated alarm status right now, and hopefully those worries will go away. “


“Two things: number one, to protect yourself before you have the symptoms. The most important thing you can do if you are over 50, if you have any medical problems, and many people think you should be really sick to weaken your immune system, if you’re over 50 and a few extra pounds, you’re at high risk. It’s really important for these people to be boosted. Get your booster, protect yourself. We know the booster might not stop you in getting COVID completely, but it prevents you very much from getting really sick and being hospitalized.

“Second, if you are one of these high-risk categories; if you are overweight, diabetic, elderly, over 65, and you have symptoms, then let’s do it right away. We have treatments now, including things we can send you to the pharmacy after, if we know within the first five days, to prevent you from getting very sick and prevent you from being hospitalized.There are many things in our toolbox that we have not had before that we must make better use of it. ”


“If you are over 50, it is recommended that you be boosted, or if you have a weakened immune system in any way, so it is important to have that conversation with your health care provider. They will determine if you are under 50 if you are to be boosted. Because there is a good part of the population that could qualify. It’s really important that when we start talking about the rest of our population, we’ll probably look at something around the fall to protect ourselves from the really bad hikes. So there will probably be more recommendations and more research being done between now and e.g. late summer with some more recommendations coming up. “


“So right now, all studies have been submitted by Moderna to see if they are under 5 years old – they work with two specific things: does it work, and does it work to a really good degree. Is it worth getting a shot into a under 5 year old. And more importantly, is it safe? We want to make sure that everything we give a child or an adult is safe, so they review the safety data, the effect data. Hopefully we get an answer here, I would say in late May, maybe early June, with implementation sometime this summer if it passes those marks.


“I’m fine. Three months ago I got some interesting news, and three weeks ago today they operated on my heart and repaired my mitral valve and had to go back to work yesterday and back here today. So everything is fine.”

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