Fear of a rise in COVID-19 cases due to July 4th weekend
JONESBORO, Ark- As the Fourth of July weekend kicks off COVID-19 cases here in arkansas and across the country continue to rise.
This is causing doctors to worry about a possible mass surge in cases.
“So, we’re worried about July 4th,” says NYIT Asst. Professors of Clinical Medicine, Dr. Carl Abraham. “We’re worried that July 4th is another time for gatherings to occur. There has been a lot of family gatherings and a lot of transmissions even with just ten to twelve people.”
Worries about the holiday weekend continue to see a rise in cases.
Hot spot states like Florida have closed certain beaches with hopes that a surge in cases won’t occur.
Dr. Abraham’s says after Memorial Day we saw an increase in cases steaming from large gatherings and worries about the possibility that could happen again.
If cases do spike, we should expect that in a few weeks.
He says he understands people wanting to gather and interact with each other, so if you are planning to celebrate this weekend be sure to take precautions and be safe.
“If you’re going to make that decision, as you’re within a few feet, six at least six feet everyone should wear a mask,” says Dr. Carl Abraham. “Washing our hands. We should be washing our hands all the time. Hand sanitizer on you if you can.”
If you are celebrating this weekend Dr. Abrahams says easy ways to protect yourself include if you touch a “high touch area” such as a doorknob be sure to put sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol in it on your hands, before as it will clean the surface.
He also says you shouldn’t touch your face.