RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Whereas we’re all getting annoyed with the COVID-19 pandemic, well being care employees are pleading with individuals to not let down their guard. They are saying precautions are extra vital now than ever.
Johnston Well being’s chief medical officer Rodney McCaskill summed up the scenario.
“All people’s bored with this,” he mentioned. “The most effective factor you are able to do is simply be protected, and which means get vaccinated. I can’t say that sufficient.”
With the ultra-contagious omicron variant of COVID-19 taking on, well being care employees say even vaccinated individuals should proceed to watch out.
“You may’t simply assume that since you’re vaccinated you possibly can return to the life you had been dwelling in 2019,” mentioned WakeMed an infection prevention specialist Jessica Dixon. “You continue to must put on masks you continue to want to consider the place you go and whom you’re round.”
“It doesn’t imply lock your self in your home, however positively take precautions whenever you’re out amongst individuals,” Dixon added. “This can be a very dangerous time. There’s extra COVID out right here now than there has ever been.”
Whereas well being care employees say vaccines and boosters are stopping most circumstances of extreme illness and demise, they aren’t essentially stopping an infection with the omicron variant.
“The numbers that I’m seeing day by day after I open up my listing of optimistic exams, it’s horrifying,” mentioned Dixon.
Friday, North Carolina’s positivity fee was above 31 p.c.
Medical doctors say the excessive positivity fee means individuals ought to assume there’s somebody with COVID-19 nearly in every single place they go, and ensure to put on a masks.