Alabama Medical Association sounds the alarm for the potential of new COVID variants
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (WIAT) – Another record-breaking day in the fight against COVID-19. Almost 13,000 new cases of the virus have been reported in the past 24 hours.
The highly contagious variant of Omicron is popping up statewide.
The Alabama Department of Public Health has confirmed nearly 40,000 new cases in the first 7 days of 2022.
The positivity rate rose to 43.6%, with about two out of five tests being positive.
The Alabama State Medical Association says more variants are forming right now, especially as COVID cases are high.
He reports that vaccines should protect you against serious illness or death, but he can’t promise the same for an unvaccinated person.
“It’s a numbers game and when you have so many cases and a certain percentage is going to arrive in hospitals,” said Dr Aruna Arora. “It’s really just a concern for the welfare of the patients that fall into the category.”
Arora said the mask may be old-fashioned, but protecting yourself with a high-quality mask can slow the virus from replicating, reducing the risk of it producing a more deadly variant.
The Alabama Hospital Association said there are now five times as many people in the hospital as before the vacation, which was already full before this latest spike in cases.
With less than 10 percent of hospital beds available, the association says the best thing to do is delay obtaining Omicron.
“The more time we have for us as a state to have access to more effective monoclonal antibodies and to have access to oral drug packets in larger quantities to prevent people from going to the hospital. “said Dr Don Williamson.
Williamson said if you plan to be indoors near a lot of people this weekend, you should wear a K95 or N95 mask that covers your nose and mouth for optimal protection.