Dr. Farley looks at Philadelphias COVID-19 response & the future – WPVI-TV

” With that lockdown, you likewise see businesses that are injured or they fail; layoffs or furloughs of personnel; surges of joblessness; social problems; and problem for everybody to get things done, from standard shopping to hairstyles to informing our kids,” Farley said.
He stated, along with the virus, unemployment – which causes poverty – also eliminates.
But Farley said, if they did nothing, neglected the virus, and let all activities commence, they know the infection surges and the deaths do also.
” Thats what occurred in Florida. Thats what occurred in Georgia. Thats what we dont wish to have happen here in Philadelphia,” Farley said.
He said so authorities in the city and throughout the nation are trying to seek a balance – enabling some activities to continue while restricting the spread of the virus.
The city has permitted people to walk on trails and go to shops with masks, however have actually restricted indoor dining and theater.
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Farley concentrated on dining establishments and bars, stating they have been the “driving aspect” behind the significant increase in cases in the south and west.
“Philadelphia did closed dining establishments indoor dining when the majority of the United States and the rest of Pennsylvania did. In retrospect, I believe that was the best decision,” Farley said.
He took a minute to clarify the citys guidance for school sports. While the guidelines do not restrict competitors between groups, the health department strongly suggests versus it since of the close direct exposure of the individuals included and mixing individuals from various areas. They suggest teams focus on athletic ability building rather of competitions.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI)– The coronavirus has actually been in the world for about eight months and the top Philadelphia health official believes in order to fight it even more, we need to take an action back and see where weve been.
With the COVID-19 pandemic increasing across the United States, Philadelphia health commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley stated Tuesday, “( Its) not over. The infection is still here.”

Farley said the virus causes a wide-range of a severity of disease, “more so than any other virus I know.”
Numerous individuals, possibly even most, he said, have no symptoms whatsoever and might not even know they had the infection.
Of those who understand they have the infection, its mainly mild signs.
” However, there is a really little percentage of people who have extreme symptoms or can even have a deadly infection,” Farley said.
The health commissioner stated this is highly connected to an individuals age. Individuals with sophisticated age and individuals with persistent medical conditions are at much greater threat, Farley stated.
In general, roughly 70% of the COVID-19 associated deaths in Philadelphia are in people over the age of 70. About 90% are over the age of 60.
” We understand at the private level that using a mask, keeping distance from individuals, and having barriers, and other safety preventative measures can be extremely protective, if individuals use them regularly,” Farley said.
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Health officials learned if the city does a complete lockdown, the infection rates fall. Thats what took place in March. Farley noted about mid-April, the number of virus cases peaked and they then began to go down.
Nevertheless, Farley stated, that success features a cost.

Farley kept in mind about mid-April, the number of virus cases peaked and they then started to go down.
Thats what we dont desire to have occur here in Philadelphia,” Farley said.
While the standards do not restrict competitors in between teams, the health department strongly advises versus it since of the close exposure of the individuals involved and blending people from various communities. He said he d rather not do that, however would be forced to if the number of cases increase. If case rates fall, the city might slowly enable the activities which stay closed under the customized green phase to reopen.

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Whether its a game or training, all teams need to follow the citys rule of less than 50 people at one time, consisting of coaches, gamers, and referees, and no viewers.
Farley stated social distancing is just 1/3 of the strategy to combat COVID-19. The other two parts are containment which includes screening and contact tracing, and protecting the susceptible populations.
“So what does the future appear like from here?” Farley rhetorically asked.
His response: If case rates increase, the city may need to close some activities again. He stated he d rather not do that, but would be forced to if the variety of cases increase. The city may gradually allow the activities which stay closed under the customized green phase to reopen if case rates fall. If cases rates are steady, the city will remain how it is at this point worrying what is allowed and security standards.
“Lets be truthful, we may have cycles of opening and closing as the (pandemic) changes around us as we find out more over the next couple of months,” Farley said.
He stated all this will continue up until there is a vaccine.
Farley said he knows “this isnt extremely gratifying” and individuals simply want the infection to disappear.
He stated the virus is not going away anytime quickly. He stated it will take a mix of actions to keep COVID-19 under control.
“I do believe, however, if we do that, we can deal with it,” Farley stated.
He said, eventually, we will have the ability to put this all behind us.