Coronavirus cases on the rise … deaths not so much …

Thursday, July 2, 2020
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

coronavirus (illustration)Health authorities in the United States are reporting a rise in COVID-19 cases in a majority of states, but one medical expert asserts that deaths from the lingering pandemic are decreasing.

In 36 states, COVID-19 diagnoses are on the rise – as most of those states start to reopen their economies – yet Dr. Jeff Barrows of the Christian Medical Association maintains that the virus is getting a different cohort this time round.

“There's been an increase in cases among young people, which, of course, have a much lower mortality from COVID-19, so even though we're seeing a spike in the overall number of cases … we're seeing fewer deaths,” Barrows explained.

When asked what statistic states should be taking most seriously into consideration, the physician had his own take.

“I think you need to look at both of them – you don't want to just look at one or two,” Barrows insisted. “So, you want to look at the total number of cases that are confirmed. You want to try and get …the number of high-risk people that are involved.”

Many local governments are reacting to the surge in positive coronavirus tests by mandating that people wear masks when in public, but the doctor argued that masks should not let people put their guard down.

“The one thing about masks is that they are not perfect – even if you don't have an N95 – but they are partially beneficial … and they don't have any harm associated with them,” Barrows stressed.

He added that the one thing authorities should not limit is outdoor activity.

“There's increased safety in being outside, and as long as you're doing a relatively good job of social distancing – wearing a mask whenever you come into any close proximity with someone else,” Barrows assured. “You can still enjoy beaches, being outside, going for walks in the park … and still keep yourself safe.”

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