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Farley stated the infection causes a wide-range of an intensity of disease, “more so than any other virus I am aware of.”
Lots of people, perhaps even most, he said, have no signs whatsoever and might not even know they had the infection.
Of those who understand they have the infection, its mostly moderate symptoms.
” However, there is a really small portion of people who have severe signs or can even have a deadly infection,” Farley stated.
The health commissioner said this is strongly linked to an individuals age. Individuals with innovative age and individuals with chronic medical conditions are at much greater danger, Farley said.
In general, approximately 70% of the COVID-19 related deaths in Philadelphia are in individuals over the age of 70. About 90% are over the age of 60.
” We know at the individual level that wearing a mask, keeping range from people, and having barriers, and other security precautions can be really protective, if people utilize them consistently,” Farley said.
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Health authorities learned if the city does a total lockdown, the infection rates fall. Thats what happened in March. Farley kept in mind about mid-April, the number of virus cases peaked and they then started to go down.
Farley stated, that success comes with a cost.
” With that lockdown, you also see companies that are harmed or they fail; layoffs or furloughs of staff; surges of unemployment; social problems; and trouble for everyone to get things done, from fundamental shopping to haircuts to informing our children,” Farley said.
He said, along with the infection, unemployment – which leads to hardship – also eliminates.
Farley said, if they did absolutely nothing, overlooked the virus, and let all activities start, they know the infection surges and the deaths do.
” Thats what happened in Florida. Thats what took place in Georgia. Thats what we dont want to have occur here in Philadelphia,” Farley said.
He stated so authorities in the city and across the country are trying to look for a balance – permitting some activities to continue while limiting the spread of the infection.
The city has enabled people to walk on tracks and go to shops with masks, however have actually forbidden indoor dining and theater.
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Farley focused on bars and restaurants, stating they have actually been the “driving element” behind the major increase in cases in the south and west.
“Philadelphia did not open dining establishments indoor dining when most of the United States and the rest of Pennsylvania did. In retrospection, I think that was the ideal decision,” Farley stated.
He took a moment to clarify the citys guidance for school sports. While the standards do not forbid competitors in between groups, the health department highly suggests against it because of the close exposure of the individuals included and blending individuals from different neighborhoods. They recommend teams concentrate on athletic skill building instead of competitors.
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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 kept in mind about mid-April, the number of virus cases peaked and they then began to go down.
Thats what we do not want to have occur here in Philadelphia,” Farley said.
While the guidelines do not forbid competitors in between groups, the health department strongly suggests versus it due to the fact that of the close direct exposure of the participants involved and blending people from different areas. 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 gradually enable the activities which stay closed under the modified green phase to resume.
Whether its a game or training, all teams need to follow the citys guideline of fewer than 50 individuals at one time, consisting of players, coaches, and referees, and no spectators.
Farley stated social distancing is only 1/3 of the strategy to fight COVID-19. The other two parts are containment which involves testing and contact tracing, and safeguarding the vulnerable populations.
“So what does the future appearance like from here?” Farley rhetorically asked.
He stated he d rather not do that, however would be forced to if the number of cases rise. If case rates fall, the city may slowly allow the activities which remain closed under the modified green phase to reopen.
“Lets be truthful, we might have cycles of opening and closing as the (pandemic) changes around us as we discover more over the next few months,” Farley said.
He stated all this will continue until there is a vaccine.
Farley said he understands “this isnt extremely satisfying” and individuals simply want the infection to go away.
However he said the infection is not disappearing anytime quickly. He said it will take a combination of actions to keep COVID-19 under control.
“I do think, though, if we do that, we can cope with it,” Farley stated.
He stated, eventually, we will be able to put this all behind us.