Experts are concerned that a second wave of COVID-19 could take place in the U.S. The fear of a second wave is real considering that the virus is still around, there is no vaccine and the easing of restrictions poses a risk of contributing to new cases of the coronavirus infection. A rush to reopen too soon and relaxing social distancing guidelines, reluctance to take serious measures to control the spread of the disease and a lack of the required capacity to accommodate more testing and conduct contract tracing are all factors that can contribute to a second wave. The first wave of COVID-19 has not yet ended, and a second wave cannot begin until that happens. What will happen is a “wait and see game” even as experts fear the worst.
COVID-19 Cases are Spiking Instead of Reducing
While the U.S is seeing a lower number of deaths during this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of new cases of infections has increased. Reopenings have many people feeling excited about the chance to go out and enjoy some of the activities that they normally participate in. This is despite the fact that there is no COVID-19 vaccine currently, which means people are still in a vulnerable position in a pandemic that is still going on. Reopenings were mean to be done with caution, taking into account preventative measures to limit transmission of the coronavirus infection, but many people are not practicing social distancing as they move about and interact, wearing a mask, and exercising proper hand hygiene. This lack of adherence to precautionary measures has led to a jump in the number of COVID-19 cases, especially in places where the numbers were not alarming when the pandemic first hit.
Ways to Prepare For a Second Wave
Is there a way to prepare for a second wave of COVID-19? Those working in the healthcare sector should be ready for an increase of COVID-19 infections, and that involves ensuring that there is an adequate supply of equipment, PPE included, and a continued effort to follow policies or guidelines that will protect both patients and staff from coronavirus infection.
You can do the following to be ready for a second wave:
- Continue practicing physical distancing, frequent hand-washing, and wearing a mask as you go throughout your daily life.
- Know how to contact local health authorities to get updated information regarding COVID-19, such as an increase in the number of new cases in your region.
- Have two weeks’ supply of food in your home, along with prescription medication
- Stay on top of vaccinations, especially for children, and ensure that everyone in the home gets their flu shot at the right time.
The best way to prepare for a second wave of COVID-19 is to take precautions that will limit your risk of exposure. Visit Centennial Medical Group for COVID-19 diagnostic and/or antibody testing, as well as telemedicine screenings that are safe and convenient. Come see us today for the quality care that you deserve.