COVID-19 cases drop but doctors say you should continue to follow safety protocols

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Despite declining positivity numbers, medical professionals in northern Alabama say the COVID-19 pandemic remains an ever-present threat.

Infectious disease experts say that if the virus is still not treated as a serious threat, further surges could occur. Experts warn that we are not done with COVID-19 and the end of the spread is not necessarily in sight.

With that in mind, doctors say they will continue to take the necessary precautions and have not yet completely abandoned face coverings.

“We will usually put our mask on if for no other reason, just the fact that I am trying to lead by example and the fact that there is still COVID out there,” said Dr. Wes Stubblefield of the Department of Health. Alabama Public Health. tells News 19.

Doctors say that when they feel like there’s no new variant on the horizon and we’ve been able to keep those numbers consistently low, they’ll be more comfortable and eager to take their masks off. .

In other words, the warning to the people of Alabama is this: do not turn your back on an enemy that continues to claim casualties. There are still more than 500 positive cases diagnosed per day across the state. Doctors would prefer people keep their masks on to help bring those numbers down.

“I don’t attend large indoor gatherings or anything like that, but if I were, let’s say if there was a conference, I would probably still wear a mask just because my risk tolerance is currently very weak. I’m really hoping to go on vacation, so I’m really going to protect myself now and continue to wear a mask indoors around people I don’t know,” says UAB healthcare epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Lee. .

Dr Stubblefield reminds us that people are still dying from COVID – 58 deaths in Alabama on Monday. Doctors say they expect the situation to improve over the weeks, but for now they are still playing it safe and keeping the mask on.


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