Expert answers questions in mid-rise in COVID-19 cases
Expert answers questions in mid-rise in COVID-19 cases

Expert answers questions in mid-rise in COVID-19 cases

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – Mid-southern cases of COVID-19 are on the rise again.

As several of our friends and neighbors test positive, many ask, what is the new normal now? What is the right protocol to follow to keep you, your family and your community safe?

One of the biggest differences now compared to the last two years of the pandemic is that many jobs no longer offer COVID-19 sick days. So if you test positive but feel good enough to go to work, then should you?

“A positive test is a uniquely reliable result,” said infectious disease expert Dr. Steven Threlkeld to Action News 5, “and if you have COVID, it’s very important to keep it away from other people.”

Dr. Threlkeld said that if your home test shows that you are positive for Coronavirus, you do not need to get a new test, but you should stay home if possible.

“We are still in a period where we need to be considerate of people and not just pass this thing on when it’s unnecessary to do so,” he explained.

If you are going to work or out in public, Dr. advises Threlkeld you to mask yourself.

“The carrier,” he said, “most importantly, if you are the infected person, a fabric mask can be very effective in preventing you from giving it to people around you. In terms of protection even if you are around people with COVID, you are probably most secure with a KN-95 or even better, an N-95. “

Threlkeld says the Baptist Hospital COVID-19 ward where he works has 19 patients who have the virus right now.

Methodist reported 29 COVID-19 admissions, including one child from Monday, May 17th.

COVID-19, Threlkeld said, still attacks the most vulnerable: the elderly and the immunocompromised. But even if you are healthy, he said there is another reason to avoid getting COVID-19.

“The big elephant in space, I think, is what will be associated with the so-called long COVID? No one even knows it yet. We have seen very good and large studies show that humans have significant increases in stroke, various heart problems and blood clots.We do not know where it ends.We do not know what the downstream effects of it will be.There are very real things that we have only begun to scratch the surface of understanding.So it’s just better not to get the case , ”Said Threlkeld.

That Shelby County Health Department reported that nearly 82% of residents are now vaccinated. The SCHD said it means they have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

The FDA approved Pfizer boosters for children ages 5 to 11 this week. It is now up to the CDC to give the green light.

But Dr. Threlkeld said the booster could be hard to sell for many parents. Recent data show that only one third of children in that age group nationwide have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

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