A letter to our RAHD communities-
COVID-19 instances proceed to rise in our district. We are actually seeing the best 7-day common variety of instances that we have now seen because the starting of the pandemic. Due to these regarding will increase, it’s much more essential to emphasize the significance of every of us following the security pointers we all know to work in serving to cease the unfold of the virus:
• Put on a masks round anybody exterior of your family
• Hold a minimal of 6 ft of bodily distance from anybody who doesn’t dwell in your family (this consists of relations who don’t dwell with you)
• Wash your palms, typically, for not less than 20 seconds every time- when cleaning soap and water usually are not accessible, use a hand sanitizer that incorporates not less than 60 % alcohol
We now have all heard about these mitigations for a lot of months now and it’s comprehensible that we have now develop into weary. We should not permit complacency to set-in, nevertheless, as all of us have a accountability to do what we are able to to guard ourselves and others in our communities.
Nationwide, COVID-19 continues to unfold and in some areas, surge. Those that usually are not sporting masks and who’re in shut contact with others are accelerating the unfold of this virus. There are critical penalties, each instant and long-term, which can be realized by so many.
There are increasingly accounts of these affected by COVID-19 experiencing long-term well being results. A few of these results are shortness of breath, fatigue, and even cognitive difficulties, all of that are occurring not simply in our older inhabitants, however in youthful age teams as nicely. After all, the danger of dropping one’s life or a beloved one is essentially the most devastating consequence of the virus, and we have now now seen the lack of 95 lives in our districts. With instances growing, we’re more likely to proceed to see extra.
There are additionally financial penalties from larger case numbers. Many staff, in all enterprise sectors, have confronted layoffs and the necessity to file for unemployment advantages. Shopper spending is down as folks face revenue uncertainties. The Federal Open Market Committee, which units financial coverage in america, wrote for the primary time in its July twenty ninth coverage assertion that “the trail of the financial system will rely considerably on the course of the virus. The continued public well being disaster will weigh closely on financial exercise, employment, and inflation within the close to time period, and poses appreciable dangers to the financial outlook over the medium time period.”
By slowing the unfold of illness by way of precautions equivalent to masking and distancing, all of us may also help forestall COVID-19 from spreading to such a degree that extra restrictions are put into place, which is able to negatively impression native companies.
Lastly, rising case numbers lead to nice stress being positioned on our healthcare system and our healthcare workers- these “entrance line” staff we have now come to hail as heroes. As we’re already seeing in different elements of the nation and a few areas right here in Virginia, our healthcare staff are coping with stress and fatigue. We don’t have limitless entrance line staff or hospital beds. When beds develop into full and healthcare suppliers are unable to work as a result of they themselves develop into sick, there are fewer sources accessible to deal with individuals who produce other well being emergencies. All of us have to do every little thing we are able to to forestall this from taking place.
What’s going to it take for all of us to know that we have to defend ourselves and people round us so we are able to forestall the unfold of COVID-19? Once more, all of us have a accountability to ourselves and our communities. We all know what to do- it’s time all of us take motion.
Joseph V. Saitta, PhD
COVID-19 Incident Commander
Public Well being Advisor
Virginia Division of Well being
Rappahannock Space Well being District