ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WXYZ) – The University of Michigan sent an email to students Friday, saying, be aware, we are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases and you may want to take some precautions.
“These cases are almost always associated with indoor social gatherings,” said Dr. Preeti Malani, Chief Health Officer at the University of Michigan, to WXYZ.
Dr. Malani says the trends that the University of Michigan sees are likely to be seen across the Detroit subway as well. She says, fortunately, high vaccination rates on campus mean that most cases are mild. The university wants students and staff to feel empowered to take precautions to protect themselves if they or anyone around them is vulnerable. For example, she suggests that you consider masking at large indoor gatherings, and if you have symptoms, test.
“We want to make sure people have those kinds of tools to protect the people around them, and home testing is one of the big advances that we’ve seen in the last year,” said Dr. Malani.
An email sent to students said: “In addition, the spread of the BA.2 subvariant of Omicron has grown to represent more than half of the cases in the Midwest region. This is important because the new subvariant looks appears to be more transferable than the BA.1 sub-variant that previously circulated widely in our society. “
Dr. Malani says COVID-19 does not go away and it is best that people use what we have learned about the virus and protect themselves from serious disease through vaccination.
“Billions of doses of vaccines have now been given worldwide with minimal complications. These are among the safest vaccines ever developed,” said Dr. Malani.
Students say it is not surprising that the number of cases is increasing.
“I think a lot of people are done with COVID,” said Nina Haley, a student.
“I have noticed that many students do not use their masks as much because you do not need it in the dormitories anymore. But I have noticed much more coughing and sneezing and chopping up a lung. So it’s a little worrying, ”said Leila Kitchen, a student.
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