SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) – COVID cases have been slowly but steadily ticking up most of the Bay Area since mid-March.
In San Francisco, the 7-day average test positivity is 5.2 percent. On March 16, the 7-day test positivity rate was 2.4 percent.
Still, many people living in the Bay Area are not as worried about this caseload as they were about previous rises.
“I think people’s attitudes have changed in that they may not be so afraid of it. I do not know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing,” said Gerard Ayala, a San Francisco resident. “I also think my attitude has changed. Maybe not so scared now that I’ve had it and been through the experience. ”
Although cases are on the rise, UCSF infectious disease expert Dr. Peter Chin-Hong not to classify what is happening right now as an increase.
“So far, we have a very dramatic decoupling between what we see in society and what we see in hospitals. Of course, hospital admissions lag behind in society, traditionally, but these cases have been on the rise for some time and we still have not seen a major impact on hospitals, ”said Dr. Chin-Hong. “I think two weeks would provide enough time to ensure that the delay is not reflected in the hospitals.”
Still, Chin-Hong believes the growing number of infections will affect the region.
“You’ll see disruption in society with positive issues – people taken out of the workforce,” he said. “It is possible that the test positivity is even higher, but it is uncertain because we do not really know who is being tested officially compared to who is being tested at home.”
Here’s how Chin-Hong described the current situation.
“It’s actually more akin to what people hope to have at the end of the day: an endemic phase. It’s just that I do not want to call it an endemic yet because it is not predictable what the next new variant will be. do long after this recent BA.1 rise followed by BA.2. It’s like a one-two punch, which is very different from “punch, wait a minute – everyone’s immunity drops – and then punch again,” he said.
The doctor’s advice?
“Do not be afraid, but engage in life responsibly,” he said. “Generally, I wear at least one surgical mask in an indoor crowded room.”