Health officials on the 20th warned travelers planning to take precautions during the Thanksgiving holiday as COVID-19 hospitalizations surge ahead of the holiday travel peak.
According to the latest data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Chicago surged by nearly 17% last week, and an average of one person died from COVID-19 every day. In addition, reports from some Chicago sewage treatment facilities pointed out that detection of sewage from discharged sewage The number of viruses arriving has increased.
According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a record 290,000 people will enter and leave Chicago’s two major international airports this week, an increase of 8% from the same period last year and exceeding pre-epidemic levels. Medical staff warn that if vigilance is lacking, May worsen viral infection.
Yanina Purim-Shem-Tov, an emergency department physician at Rush Hospital in Chicago, said that the anti-epidemic measures used at the height of the epidemic: wearing masks, keeping distance, and washing hands frequently will This will help ensure that everyone is less likely to be infected during the festival. She said, “We are all experiencing COVID-19 fatigue and relaxing preventive measures, but I recommend that you stay vigilant, keep your hands clean, and if you are going to be in a closed space, it is still recommended that you wear a mask.”
She added that although medical staff had previously thought that the patient might be infected with the new coronavirus “or” influenza, it was later discovered that the patient might be infected with both viruses at the same time, so it was recommended that both the latest booster shot of the new coronavirus vaccine and the influenza vaccine should be administered. Especially the elderly or those with compromised immune systems, and patients undergoing chemotherapy.
The Illinois Department of Health says the risk of contracting COVID-19 in the state is lower than in the past three years. Although there were insurance and supply issues last month, nearly a quarter of people in Chicago have received the latest boost to the COVID-19 vaccine. In response, health officials have called on everyone to increase room ventilation when gathering to prevent the spread of the virus.
Prim-Shem-Tov also mentioned that Roche Hospital has found an increase in cases of RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) in children. Although the number is not as high as last year, it is still recommended to take preventive measures.