Why Michigan COVID-19 hospitalizations, deaths arent climbing like case numbers — yet – Detroit Free Press

The signs indicate something: Michigan is headed to a potentially hazardous location, again, when it comes ot COVID-19..
New coronavirus case numbers in the state have increased to levels greater than they remained in March and April. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,826 brand-new COVID-19 cases Friday– with a seven-day average of 1,655 day-to-day cases — and 18 new deaths..
The percentage of favorable coronavirus tests is increasing, too. The seven-day average climbed above 5% this week..
theres likewise been an uptick in deaths and hospitalizations, those stats still havent reached anywhere near the heights the state tape-recorded in the early days of the pandemic, said Dr. Adnan Munkarah, Henry Ford Health Systems executive vice president and chief scientific officer.
In the very first two weeks of April, nearly 1,000 individuals were hospitalized for treatment of the virus in the Henry Ford Health Systems six healthcare facilities, he said. Today, there are 93 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 at Henry Ford.
Thats not a factor to feel at ease, Munkarah stated.
” We have actually seen this come up very quick in March and April, and this can do that (once again) if we are not cautious and we dont follow the steps that we think are protective,” he said.
That suggests using a mask when you leave home, remaining away from others, avoiding large crowds, staying at home when youre ill, and hand-washing..
” We are certainly seeing an increase in the transmission of the virus, and increased spread of the virus,” Munkarah said, describing that those who seem to be contracting it most this fall are younger, much healthier people who are less likely to have serious problems or require hospitalization.
As more youthful people have gone back to schools and college schools, began venturing out to restaurants and bars, “exercising their … flexibility to kind of enjoy their social life,” the virus is spreading, he said..
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Pandemic tiredness is likewise playing a function in the increasing case numbers..
” People are letting their guards down,” Munkarah said. People arent wearing their masks when theyre out, theyre not social distancing as much as they should, and theyre not avoiding large events.
” Unfortunately, we are seeing a growing number of people get together,” Munkarah stated. “And now with the weather condition being chillier, people are tending to be more doing more indoor activities and accordingly, being more exposed to the virus that we werent exposed to in March, April.”.
His issue is that if these youths begin to bring the infection house to older, more clinically susceptible adults, the state could see a crush of ill clients frustrating health centers in the state– as they carried out in metro Detroit in March and April in city Detroit– and many more deaths..
” If the infection begins spreading with our with our elderly population and more vulnerable populations, we are going to be in difficulty.
That concern is exacerbated by the included pressure influenza season could place on health care providers and healthcare facilities, as the state could be hit with a “twindemic” of both a swell of influenza and COVID-19 infections..
” We are beginning to see some concerning patterns,” he stated.
Individuals should get their influenza shots now, he said, to attempt to secure themselves, and make strategies to celebrate the upcoming vacations from another location. Even trick-or-treating at Halloween is an unneeded risk, Munkarah stated..
” All you need is someone who has the infection and does not understand it to send it from one individual to the other and you have a significant spread,” Munkarah said. ” So this is the time where we need to be incredibly thoughtful and very mindful. … I do not believe it is great idea for us to be to have people touch with each other for things that are not essential, that are not health-related.
Going with in-person Thanksgiving this year, he warned “may spread an infection that may trigger the death of a liked one.”.
Contact Kristen Jordan Shamus: kshamus@freepress.com. Follow her on Twitter @kristenshamus..