Alaska is processing unprecedented COVID-19 cases across the state, and public health officials said that as test results pile up in the data backlog, even higher numbers may not be enough to account for current cases. However, recent data shows that the virus has spread to all areas of the state and put pressure on the already strained medical system.
State epidemiologist Joe McLaughlin said in a call with reporters on Thursday that COVID-19 is spreading wherever people in Alaska get along. He said that it is certain that the epidemic broke out in public living environments such as nursing homes and prisons, “but the vast majority of transmission only occurs when people are mixed together.”
He said that whether in shops, bars, restaurants or sports events, the spread of COVID-19 is happening. Just like the flu season-early, spread is sporadic, then it becomes common. Once this point is reached, it is possible to go to work with colleagues or family gatherings. He said that the same thing is happening with COVID-19.
McLaughlin said one of the most dangerous situations is living with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Louisa Castrodale, an epidemiologist in the state, said there is a lot of transmission occurring among people living together.
She said: “One person may get sick in that family, and then suddenly, the whole family is hit.”
As the virus spreads to all members of the family, one case may quickly become six cases. This is really challenging, especially considering how many people have children and cannot be isolated from others.
The state’s chief medical officer, Dr. Anne Zink, said: “Wearing a mask, keeping distance, and avoiding contact with others will be the only best way for us to maintain the capacity of the hospital.”
As the state’s largest city, Anchorage officials, who can drive the state’s virus population trend, recently reduced the collection size limit and expanded the emergency order to wear masks in response to the increasing number of cases throughout the community.
Zink said: “This virus can replicate only when your cells can replicate.” “It needs humans to survive. However, if we disperse ourselves and don’t give it more people to live in, it will not continue to move forward. .”
According to the Washington Post this week, smaller social gatherings are now increasingly associated with new virus cases nationwide. The Post reported that this was the opposite of the beginning of the pandemic, when many cases were reported in long-term care facilities or crowded clubs.
Sink said on the phone: “So you can not only protect others, but also help you.”
Although Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy has not issued a statewide mask authorization so far, Sink said that slowing the spread of COVID-19 should be attributed to individuals. She said the state tried to provide Alaskans with the knowledge they needed and emphasized that officials wanted people to wear masks.
Zink said: “Whether you believe the mask is effective or not, this virus won’t care.” “It doesn’t care what you think of media reports. It doesn’t matter if the governor says it or I say it. It cares whether there are humans to live in.”