By Meg Dickens
Johnson County’s COVID-19 numbers proceed to develop with no obvious finish in sight. The omnipresent query is how you can sluggish and doubtlessly cease this menace. Scientists nationwide are working to discover a viable vaccine, and experiences present that one could also be accessible as quickly as late October. Nonetheless, it appears that evidently native public opinion on these efforts is exceedingly unfavorable.
In a current Tomahawk ballot, 62 % of individuals plan to not take any distributed vaccine. An extra 15 % are uncertain of
their plans. Relying on the latter group’s determination, as much as 77 % of polled locals might refuse vaccination.
“I really feel just like the COVID vaccine has not been examined sufficient and, due to this fact, may very well be unsafe,” Johnson County resident Deborah Dickens defined her views.
Ignoring vaccination alternatives coupled with reported lax masks utilization may result in a harmful growth, particularly if well being care professionals’ assertion that folks can re-contract COVID-19 is true. In line with the Mayo Clinic, COVID-19 “antibodies will peak at about 20 to 30 days after symptom onset after which decline,” affecting gentle or asymptomatic instances extra shortly.
Specialists and healthcare professionals are nonetheless making an attempt to determine this pandemic, however they’re progressing. Quicker COVID-19 exams are one instance of progress. Progress nearly at all times results in up to date steering, which explains why the TDH modified its definition of an lively case at first of September, “considerably reducing the variety of lively instances on that day and transferring ahead.”
Johnson County numbers are already climbing. On September 28, Johnson County well being officers reported 15 extra instances. These new instances increase the pandemic’s affected county inhabitants quantity to 726 in whole, with 112 at the moment lively. Not solely that, however the accumulative native case quantity rose considerably inside the previous month. Between August 30 and September 28, the Tennessee Division of Well being reported 319 extra instances in Johnson County. Remember that these reported instances are nearly solely after the brand new and extra strict definition of “lively case” took impact.
For extra info on COVID-19 and its unfold, go to tn.gov/well being, cdc.gov, or who.int.