Philadelphia may pass peak of latest COVID surge, top document says – NBC10 Philadelphia

The city’s top doctor warned Wednesday that Philadelphia’s latest coronavirus surge may have peaked, but a continued decline in infections will depend largely on what actions people take. show daily.

As of January 25, Philadelphia averaged 996 new infections per day, Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole said. That number is still too high, but it represents a sharp drop from the average of 2,000 new daily cases seen last week and 3,570 new daily cases reported on January 12, she said. .

Meanwhile, the number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 infection as of January 25 was 912 people – 30% lower than the previous week, Bettigole said.

“The worrying thing is that the omicron is still 98% of what we are seeing in Philadelphia. It’s very contagious, so our ability to sustain this drop in numbers depends on what people do,” she warned.

According to Bettigole, the key to maintaining a minimization of infections and hospitalizations is masks, vaccinations, isolation when infected or in contact with infected people, and avoiding indoor gatherings when possible.

Although studies show that the omicron variant causes milder symptoms than other COVID-19 variants, omicrons are also more contagious. The United States has seen a surge in infections in recent weeks, which has overwhelmed hospital systems across the country.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention answered recently by update its mask principle. Now, people “can choose” to wear a well-fitting N95 and KN95 mask that offers better protection than cloth and other masks.

Omicron, however, continues to circulate.

Bettigole said that while city leaders have begun to have conversations regarding what an “offramp” would look like in terms of rolling back pandemic restrictions, the number of cases is still too much. high to remove the currently applicable restrictions.

And, while many may be disappointed with the restrictions put in place to limit COVID-19, Bettigole urges everyone to continue taking precautions.

“This doesn’t mean sitting at home all the time, never seeing anyone,” Bettigole said. “It means managing your risk – fewer people, more face coverings, more outside, doing things at least safer so that we as a city don’t skyrocket like the way we did it.” Philadelphia may pass peak of latest COVID surge, top document says – NBC10 Philadelphia

Huynh Nguyen

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