CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – According to Dr. Jaime Fergie, den BA.2 variant of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been in the country since early March. However, we have not seen a significant increase in cases in that time.
“It seems that so far we have not seen an increase here in the United States, in Texas, with this new variant,” he said.
Dr. Fergie said it is possible to see an increase in cases similar to the one at the end of December, but he is “encouraged by the fact that it has not happened yet.”
As of March 31, most Coastal Bend counties are classified as Medium Risk, According to the CDC.
Recently, industries and agencies across the region have lifted COVID-19 restrictions. The residents have mixed opinions about this.
“I go by the numbers. I believe in science, no matter what the CDC tells me, I will abide by it,” said Joe Salafi. “I think things are getting better, so I’m not really worried. [a surge in cases]but there is a possibility. ”
Ruben Arredondo said it should be up to the individual whether they want to expose themselves to risk or not.
‘I think it should be up to the individual. If they want a mask on, put on a mask. If they do not wear a mask, then they are willing to suffer the consequences, ”he said.
Gloria Flores said she does not often wear a mask because she is fully vaccinated, but she still sometimes wears a mask and wishes people would do the same when they are sick.
“They’re right there, coughing right in front of you, like it’s nothing, or hacking right in front of you, ‘oh, sir, put on a mask, please, keep it to yourself,'” she said. “I’m just trying to be safe. Trying to keep it light.”
“If things continue to be as they are, I think it’s fair to start lifting the restrictions and slowly and gently go back to a normal life,” said Dr. Fergie, “with the proviso that if things change, we will have to tell people that things have changed and we have to go back to more restrictions.”