Omaha doctors warn that COVID-19 cases are likely to peak this fall

THE RISK OF COVID REINFECTION THIS SUMMER. GOOD EVENING. I’M JULIE CORNELL. ROB: I’M ROB MCCARTNEY. THEY ENSURE THAT VACCINATIONS MAY NOT FOLLOW THE AMOUNT OF NEW VARIANTS. JULIE: KETV NEWSWATCH 7’S JOEY SAFCHIK SPEAKS WITH DOCTORS — WITH TWO DOCTORS ABOUT WHY THAT LAST SHOT MAY NOT PROVIDE AS MUCH PROTECTION AS YOU THINK. REPORTER: YOU MAY KNOW SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN VACCINED AND BOOSTED BUT STILL HAS COVID. DOCTORS SAY IT’S BECAUSE OUR IMMUNITY CANCELLED TO VADER FROM OUR LAST SHOT AND AS NEW VARIANTS REMOVE FAR FROM THE ORIGINAL SPECIES. PLUS THEY SAY TO WEAR PUBLIC ATTENTION TO THE VIRUS AS QUICKLY AS EVER. IT HAS BEEN MONTHS SINCE THEIR LAST COVID SHOT. >> WE DON’T DO A GOOD TO KEEP PEOPLE INFORMED ABOUT BOOST, WE DON’T DO A GOOD VACCINATION TO CHILDREN. REPORTER: UNMC INFECTION DISEASE EXPERT DR. JAMES LAWLER FEARS THAT THE MONTHS WILL OCCUR WILL BE CONTAMINATED BY MORE AND MORE VIRUS. >> IF THIS IS OUR SET POINT, GOING INTO AUTUMN, THAT’S NOT A GOOD SIGN. REPORTER: AT THIS RATE, THERE ARE ABOUT 400 DIES A DAY IN THE US, THAT’S ABOUT 140,000 A YEAR. DOUGLAS COUNTY HAS BEEN DEAD, BUT DOCTORS LIKE CHI’S DAVID QUIMBY ARE PREPARED FOR THE WORST. >> IF YOU HAVE MORE INFECTED PEOPLE, ARE JUST MORE LIKELY SICK. REPORTER: TREATMENTS ARE EASILY AVAILABLE, — AVAILABLE. >> THOSE TREATMENTS NEED TO BE USED WILDLY. REPORTER: BUT QUIMBY SAYS WE STILL HAVE TO TREAT VACCINES AS SAVING MERCY. >> HONEST, PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN TREATMENT. REPORTER: AT THE CENTER OF MEDICAL CONVERSATIONS, THE EFFECTS OF REPEATED INFECTIONS. >> NOW THE INDICATIONS ARE THAT REPEATED INFECTIONS MAY BE EQUALLY SERIOUS AND POTENTIALLY STILL SERIOUS. REPORTER: BUT BOTH DOCTORS FEAR THE PUBLIC DOES NOT TAKE THE VIRUS SERIOUSLY ENOUGH. >> I THINK WE ALREADY DO IT’S NORMAL BUT IT’S NOT. >> ALTHOUGH IT DOESN’T OVERWHELM OUR SYSTEM, IT WOULD BE VERY UNHAPPY IF THIS IS A BASELINE. REPORTER: WE ASK IF IT WOULD BE IRRESPONSIBLE TO BE BACK TO WORK FOR THE CDC RECOMMENDED WAITING PERIOD, EVEN IF YOU FEEL BETTER.

‘We’re not doing well’: Metro doctors warn of cases, hospitalizations likely to increase in the fall

With the rising number of hospital admissions and new variants in the Metro, doctors fear that a new COVID-19 peak is imminent.

Many Nebraskans received their last COVID-19 shot many months ago. Doctors fear the coming months will be marred by more viruses and less protection. “We’re not doing well, we’re continuing to update people on boosting, we’re not really doing a good job getting kids vaccinated,” said UNMC’s Dr James Lawler, an infectious disease expert. “If this is our regular point, going into the fall, that’s not a good sign.” Currently, there are approximately 400 COVID-19-related deaths in the US every day, according to Lawler. That would work out to about 140,000 a year. The death rate in Douglas County has risen, but doctors like David Quimby of CHI Health are bracing for the worst in the coming months given the recent surge in hospitalizations. “If you have more infected people, there’s a higher chance that more of them will get sick,” Quimby said. Treatments are readily available, and Lawler is advocating for them to be more widely used. However, both Metro doctors agree that vaccination should be step one. Booster shots will boost your protection. “Honestly, prevention is better than treatment,” Quimby said. In the third year of the pandemic, the consequences of repeated infections are at the center of medical talks. “Right now, the evidence is that repeated infections could be just as serious and possibly even more serious,” Lawler said. Still, both doctors fear the public is no longer taking the virus seriously enough. “I think we’re already acting like it’s normal, but it’s not,” Lawler said.

Many Nebraskans received their last COVID-19 shot many months ago. Doctors fear the coming months will be marred by more viruses and less protection.

“We’re not doing well, we’re continuing to update people on boosting, we’re not really doing a good job getting kids vaccinated,” said UNMC’s Dr James Lawler, an infectious disease expert. “If this is our starting point, going into the fall, that’s not a good sign.”

Currently, there are about 400 COVID-19-related deaths per day in the US, according to Lawler. That would work out to about 140,000 per year. Deaths in Douglas County have risen, but doctors like David Quimby of CHI Health are bracing for the worst in the coming months given the recent surge in hospitalizations.

“If you have more infected people, they’re more likely to get sick,” Quimby said.

Treatments are readily available, and Lawler is advocating for them to be more widely used. However, both Metro doctors agree that vaccination should be step one. Booster shots amplify your protection.

“Frankly, prevention is better than treatment,” Quimby said.

In the third year of the pandemic, the consequences of repeated infections are at the center of medical talks.

“Right now, the evidence is that repeated infections can be just as serious and possibly even more serious,” Lawler said.

Still, both doctors fear that the public is no longer taking the virus seriously enough.

“I think we’re already acting like it’s normal, but it’s not,” Lawler said.

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