Physician: Indiana formally in 4th wave of COVID-19 – WISH-TV | Indianapolis Information | Indiana climate

by: Dr. Mary Gillis, D.Ed.

Posted: Apr 5, 2021 / 7:58 PM EST / Updated: April 5, 2021 / 8:49 PM EST

(WISH) – cases and deaths have been falling sharply for weeks, but now there are more infections and hospitalizations in states across the country. is one of those states.

Dr. Amy Beth Kressel, Infectious Disease Specialist at Eskenazi Health, links the increased positivity rates to the growing number of mutations.

“The virus is mutating and there are more variants that could potentially escape vaccines,” Kressel told 8. “The more the virus can spread before people get the , the more opportunities it has to improve on itself. ” The virus is an RNA virus. It is constantly evolving and finding different versions of itself that can infect people more efficiently. “

Kressl specifically refers to the British variant. The mutation captured the country and remains the most dominant cousin in the United States to date. People who get this variant tend to be sicker. It also spreads from person to person faster.

She urges Hoosiers to get vaccinated, not to dine indoors, to stay away from crowds outside of the inner circle and to continue masking even after the mandate became an advisory opinion on April 6.

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