AUSTIN (KXAN) – Texas health leaders say many of those who test positive for COVID-19 right now think they just have allergies.
Janet Pichette, Austin Public Health epidemiology team leader, said local exposure researchers are hearing from a large number of people who tested positive for COVID-19 before the holiday that they think they are suffering from cedar fever or other seasonal allergies.
The amount of cedar has been very high in the Austin area in the past few days.
Local health leaders are asking people to check if they are exhibiting symptoms or if they plan to travel or gather. Without getting tested for COVID-19, people who think they have allergies can unknowingly spread COVID-19 to others.
If you feel sick, health leaders are also asking you to stay home.
“We can have a lot of cases happening in a short amount of time and a lot of people with mild illness and just enough people at risk of serious illness… we will overwhelm our hospitals,” said Dr. Desmar. Walkes, the local health authority, said it was going on vacation.
On Sunday, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor admitted he was frustrated with the limited supply of COVID-19 tests.
Test demand has increased amid the rise of omicron variation. “Obviously we have to do better,” said Dr Anthony Fauci in an interview that aired Sunday on ABC’s “This Week”.
“I think things will improve a lot as we go into January, but that doesn’t help us today and tomorrow,” Fauci said.
Fauci said he was pleased with the evidence that omicrons cause less severe illness for most people. But he warned against being complacent as the rapid spread of the disease could “reduce the real severity”, as so many people could be infected.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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