MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Pandemic stress is set, and the numbers reflect it.
COVID-19 case numbers and deaths continue to rise in Minnesota.
“This is clearly worse,” Drs. Frank Rhame, an infectious disease specialist for Allina Health and Abbott Northwestern.
Rhame said it was not just because of the increased trial. Minnesota’s positivity rate continues to hover above or above the 5% threshold indicating the spread of the community – despite rising testing.
“That’s where discipline comes in,” Rhame said.
For months, many people struggled to limit themselves, but the virus worked harder.
So what can we do?
“People don’t have to drive themselves here,” Rhame said. “What you will form is your own bubble.”;
He said if you are going to do it in a small and consistent group.
“So you can find another family that is also careful, their children are just like your children and then you socialize inside that bubble,” Rhame said.
And as you think about indoor activities during this time, keep in mind that “its risk depends on tight ventilation and space size,” Rhame says.
Dr. Michael Osterholm from the University of Minnesota said now is not the time to give up.
“We are still in the third probably at the top of the fourth inning with this virus,” Osterholm said.
He said recent outbreaks in workplaces and teen sports events indicate life returning to what we know, but there are consequences to that.
And many temptations will come this year – including the holidays.
“The tradition is to be together if you really love your family this year what you will not do,” Osterholm said. “This is our COVID year and we will just need to understand that.”
It also helps to recognize the symptoms of COVID-19 that go into the cold and flu season.
If you have the flu, it comes quickly, you often feel like you have been hit by a truck.
COVID-19 may creep, with mild or no symptoms at first. Loss of taste and smell and shortness of breath is the noticeable difference.
And a common cold is usually no fever above 100.5 degrees. If you can’t tell the difference, call a nurse with triage. They can help.
“Even if you have COVID-19, if you are doing really well we do not want you in our clinics,” Rhame said.
So expert advice? Get your flu and stay in your foam.
“Every little thing that helps and most importantly that little one can be the life you save,” Osterholm said.
Osterholm said he thinks the next six to twelve weeks are the worst we have seen since the pandemic started. The numbers also surpass the peaks we saw in mid-summer