(WXYZ) – Beaumont’s director of infectious disease research is assessing what’s driving the rise of COVID-19 in Michigan. Calls for drastic measures against schools and restaurants as a way to control the variants.
According to the state, there are 3,300 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Michigan, and variants that are spread throughout the state are playing an important role.
“Some of them do nothing, but some of them can make it more infectious, some of them can make it more dangerous, more deadly. Some of them can hinder the vaccine’s ability to protect us,” said Dr. Matthew Sims.
Sims said he is seeing the rise of COVID-19 first hand as director of infectious disease research at Beaumont Royal Oak; 40% of the patients in your hospital have variant B.1.1.7.
Compare the spread of the infection as the virus going through an open door.
“What happens is that when you open the state, you are opening the door more. Right? So potentially you are letting more viruses through,” he said. “Now take a variant that is more contagious and it’s like running out the door.”
The B.1.351 along with the highly contagious B.1.1.7 variants have been identified in our state, but the B.1.1.7 strain is spreading everywhere.
There have been nearly 2,000 cases identified by the state health department, but that number is likely much higher. A state laboratory is required to determine tension.
“If you want to go the other way, you want to slow down, you have to close the door, the restaurants, the sporting events. I know the governor doesn’t want to do that. I know that Dr. Khaldun doesn’t want to do that. Our numbers they are going up, they are not going down, “he said.
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