Doctors urge vigilance as new COVID-19 cases on the rise again in the US

Experts say it is not time to relax yet, and that we need to hold off on travel until more people are vaccinated, especially in areas with rising case counts.

News 12 Staff

Mar 29, 2021, 10:45 AM

Updated 1,207 days ago

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There are new fears this morning of another COVID-19 surge, and many medical experts say its avoidable, but not everyone is listening.
Doctors continue to caution as new cases of COVID-19 are on the rise again, and they say it is up to Americans to keep it from shifting to a surge.
Experts say variants are now playing a part in the case count.
 "This is basically what we were all saying would happen around the second half of March,” says Dr. Ashish Jha, dean at Brown University School of Public Health. The variant first identified in the UK is more contagious, and now more likely to become dominant, but experts say it is not the only reason.
"What we're likely seeing is because of things like spring break and pulling back on the mitigation methods that you've seen now several states have done that," says Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“A lot of the spread is happening among younger people, 10 to 19 and also 20 to 29, and that's the group that is moving around, kind of relaxing, getting infected," says Dr. Jha. Experts say it is not time to relax yet, and that we need to hold off on travel until more people are vaccinated, especially in areas with rising case counts.
"We're weeks away from where we can do these things a bit more safely," says Dr. Jha.
In New York, the state has a positivity rate of 3.5%. Long Island is at nearly 5%.


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