JACKSONVILLE, Florida. Florida saw the largest surge in COVID-19 cases in a day since the pandemic began on Christmas Day.
Health officials expect these numbers to rise even further after the holidays, and hospitals across the state are preparing for an influx of COVID-19 patients.
Dr. Mohammed Reza, a local infectious disease expert, said more people need to be tested as the results speak for themselves.
He warns that the surge in cases is likely the Omicron variant that is currently spreading across the community.
“Omikron is 10 [times] stronger than previous variants in triggering a reinfection – the protection against an earlier infection is not as good as the protection against a triple vaccination, ”said Reza.
He also has some advice to keep you and your family safe while on vacation.
“If you have people coming from out of town, make sure they wear well-fitting masks over their noses and mouths when traveling. and have good hand hygiene, ”said Reza.
Since Florida is a warmer part of the country, he suggests keeping the windows and doors open when hosting a large gathering to get as much ventilation as possible throughout the house.
Reza said the best protection against the virus would be to have a full vaccination, refresher and wearing a mask.
“Get this vaccine. Not only do these precautions for yourself, do them for your loved ones; do it for the health care workers you will be in contact with, ”he said. “Because it’s not just about your health. It’s about the health of everyone around you. It’s about the health of our community. “
Reza says this virus, while frustrating, is still preventable.
Florida has recorded more than 3,800,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and the percentage positivity rate has increased to 13.8%, according to the Florida Department of Health.
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