Although many people are talking about how to prepare for the second wave of COVID-19, the first wave of COVID-19 is still in full swing. The reason this first wave is lasting for so long is because not every region and state is affected in the same way at the same time. States with lower populations, stricter social distancing enforcements, and less large events have shown consistently lower numbers than states that have taken a laxer approach to managing the spread of the virus. Staying informed on what regions are high risk is essential to managing your own health and assessing your personal risk.
High Risk Regions
Some states are reporting a significantly higher number of cases per day than other states. Those states with the highest numbers are considered high risk regions or hot spots. Currently, Texas, Florida, California and Georgia remain the states with the highest number of new cases over the past 7 days. The numbers in these regions are continuing to rise and residents are urged to take as many precautions as possible. Tennessee, Alabama, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Louisiana, and Missouri are states that are seeing a steady increase in numbers as well, but not to the same degree as the “high risk” states. Of course, if the numbers continue to rise, that will quickly change and they will become high risk as well.
Staying informed about high risk regions is important so that you know if you’re living in one and so that you can avoid traveling to a state that’s considered high risk. You can track the numbers using this site or this site . Both sites provide the latest information using CDC data on a state-by-state basis so you can ensure you’re getting accurate numbers.
What to do if You live in a High Risk Region
If you live in a state that’s seeing high numbers of COVID-19 cases, it’s very important to take steps to protect yourself. You should continue to wear a mask, socially distance, and avoid large gatherings. You may also want to look into getting tested for COVID-19 or COVID-19 antibodies. Traditional testing will determine if you have an active case of COVID-19, while antibody testing can detect if you were previously exposed, even if you had no symptoms.
Contact your local urgent care center or walk-in clinic to get information on COVID-19 testing and antibody testing today! if you believe you might have been exposed to COVID-19, get tested right away, even if no symptoms are present.