This week Anne Arundel County Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman discusses:
• COVID-19 Rising Fast
Welcome to our weekly health update. Today we’ll focus on our worsening COVID status.
Our fall surge is getting bad fast. COVID is like a runaway car. The sooner you hit the brakes, the easier it is to stop. If you don’t, it picks up speed and takes more time and effort to stop. That’s where we are now, sitting in a runaway car. Our case rate is over 20, averaging over 120 new cases per day. Each day we’re setting a new high. Our hospitalizations are steadily going up. We’re nearing a point where we will strain hospital resources. More people are suffering with long term health consequences. More people are dying.
Earlier this week there was hopeful news about a vaccine. All the more reason for us to buckle down now, to keep as many people healthy as possible, so that they can benefit from the vaccine when it comes out.
This is what each of us needs to do:
• Wear a mask
• Watch your distance
• Wash your hands
• Limit your activities
While COVID is spreading everywhere, the two biggest risks are social gatherings, especially family gatherings, and restaurants. With gatherings, you’re bringing people together who are not usually together and folks are letting their guard down. With restaurants, you’re meeting with folks you don’t usually see with no mask and no distance. Over the next month, keep your bubble as small as possible and order takeout.
Take action now. We did it once, we can do it again.
Remember, stay safe, be kind to yourself and others, and mask up. We will see you next week.