Massachusetts doctor on signs recent wave of COVID-19 may have peaked

>> THANK YOU THE RECENT INCREASE IN LEVELS OF COVID-19 IN LOCAL WASTEWATER MAY STABILIZE. >> HERE TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS IS DR. EMILY HYL, INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALIST AT MASS GENERAL HOSPIT.AL HELLO. YOU FOLLOWED THIS DATA CLOSELY. ARE YOU SEEING EARLY SIGNS THAT THIS WAVE MAY REACH A MAXIMUM? >> I THINK IT’S PROBABLY EARLY TO SAY IT EVEN YOU CAN SEE FROM THE SEWAGE THAT THERE IS A LITTLE LEVEL. I’M WONDERING THE INFLUENCE OF PEOPLE POTENTIALLY ABSENT DURING PART OF THE RECENT SPRING WEEK, SO IF I’M GETTING – SO HARD TO KNOW. THE NEXT WEEK WILL BE INTERESTING AND USEFUL TO SEE IF THE STABILIZING OR DECLINING PATTERN CONTINUES OR IF THINGS GO UP AS PEOPLE RETURN TO BOOST OR DIFFERENT MIXING PATTERNS HAPPEN AFTER THE HOLIDAYS. >> THIS WEEK WAS A HOLIDAY WEEK FOR MANY FAMILIES AND MASSACHUSETTS – IN MASSACHUSETTS SO ARE THERE ANY CONCERNS FOR A NEW SEARCH WHEN EVERYONE RETURNS? >> THIS IS UNCERTAIN. I WOULD SAY THERE ARE DEFINITELY SOME CCEONRNS, ESPECIALLY WITH PEOPLE WHO TRAVEL TO SEE FRIENDS AND FAMILY. THINK NOW IS A REALLY SMART TIME TO BE A LITTLE CAREFUL, ESPECIALLY IF YOU WORK WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE TO SEVERE COVID INFECTIONS, ELDERLY PEOPLE, PL WITH IMMUNOSUPPRESSION HAVE MULTIPLE COMORBIDITIES. I THINK THIS IS AN IMPORTANT TIME, IF YOU FEEL GREAT EVERYTHING, TO GET TESTED, GET A RAPID OR PCR TEST, OR IF YOU HAVE TRAVELED RECENTLY AND ARE GOING TO SEE SOMEONE YOU DON’T NORMALLY SEE, EVEN IF DO YOU FEEL GOOD, TEST, BECAUSE WE KNOW THERE IS A TIME BEFORE SYMPTOMS BEGIN WHEN YOU ARE PANOTENTIALLY INFECTIOUS TO OTHERS. >> HAVE SEEN A CHANGE IN MASK POLICIES THIS WEEK. LOGAN AND MANY AIRLINES ARE ALL NOW HIDDEN AS AN OPTION. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE TIMEFRAME FOR THIS DECISION? >> WELL, PERSONALLY, I THINK IT IS STILL GOOD TO CONTINUE HIDING INSIDE AS WE ARE CERTNLAIY SEEING IN OUR REGION AN INCREASE IN CASES AND I THINK OF A LOT OF MIXING ON AIRLINES OR PUBLIC TRANSPORT LIKE US AND TRAINS — LIKE BUSES AND TRAINS, IT’S SMART TO KEEP HIDDEN TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS. >> ARE THERE PLACES WHERE YOU WILL CONTINUE TO WEAR A MASK EVEN IF IT IS NOT REQUIRED? >> I CONTINUE HIDING IN ALL DOINOR SPACES. I HAVE A HOUSE UNDER FIVE THAT CANNOT BE VACCINATED BECAUSE THERE IS NO ELIGIBLE VACCINE AND I HAVE A LOT OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO ARE OLDER OR IMMUNOSUPPRESSED. >> Okay. DR. EMILY LEHY, INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALIST AT

Massachusetts doctor on signs recent wave of COVID-19 may have peaked

Dr. Emily Hyle, an infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital, examines whether Massachusetts sewage data shows this recent wave of COVID-19 may be peaking. there’s a bit of stabilization,” Hyle said on Saturday. Hyle said she wonders what influence those potentially absent for part of the recent spring week will have on the number of COVID-19 cases. 19. “I think it’s really hard to know,” Hyle said. “I think the next week will be really interesting and really useful to see if this leveling off or declining pattern continues – or if things go up. a bit as people return to the Boston area or if different mixing patterns occur after Spring Break.” I think now is a really good time to be a little careful, especially if you live with people who are particularly vulnerable to severe COVID-19 infection,” Hyle said. “It’s a really important time, if you’re feeling unwell at all, to get tested,” Hyle said. “Get tested fast, take a PCR test , or if you have traveled recently or are going to see someone you don’t normally see or who would be at high risk, test before seeing them, even if it feels good.”

Dr. Emily Hyle, an infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital, examines whether Massachusetts sewage data shows this recent wave of COVID-19 could be peaking.

“I think it’s probably a little early to tell, although you can see from the sewage that there’s a bit of stabilization,” Hyle said on Saturday.

Hyle said she wonders what influence those potentially absent for part of the recent spring week will have on the number of COVID-19 cases.

“I think it’s really hard to know,” Hyle said. “I think the next week will be really interesting and really useful to see if this pattern of stabilization or decline continues – or if things increase a little as people come back to the Boston area or if different patterns mix happen after spring break.

“I think now is the time to be a little careful, especially if you live with people who are particularly vulnerable to severe COVID-19 infection,” Hyle said.

“It’s a really important time, if you’re feeling bad at all, to get tested,” Hyle said. “Get a quick test, get a PCR test, or if you’ve traveled recently or are going to see someone you don’t normally see or who would be at high risk, get tested before you see them, even if you feel fine .”

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