It was not totally unexpected, we suppose, but the double-digit jump in reported COVID-19 cases is disconcerting.

With more businesses and offices opening in communities across the state, and more human contact, it seems logical there would be an increase in the number of reported cases as people begin moving around and coming into contact with one another. There were 13 new cases reported yesterday, the largest jump in quite a while.

The hope is that the increase will be relatively small and manageable. Alaskans can help make that a reality by continuing to maintain social distancing, wearing masks, washing their hands and exercising other precautions. We know those precautions work.

While we wait to see the effects of the reopening of the state, let us all do what we can to stay healthy.

4 Responses to Expected

  1. Fred Flintstone May 29, 2020 at 10:10 am

    COVID-19 has an incubation period of ~ 14 days. Has it been 14 days since we “reopened” and started visiting restaurants, bars and stores in large groups?

    If not, this is a statistical blip. That too is expected to happen. It’s how statistics work.

  2. ZJ May 29, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
    -Fever or chills
    -Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    -Muscle or body aches
    -New loss of taste or smell
    -Sore throat
    -Congestion or runny nose
    -Nausea or vomiting
    Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
    -Trouble breathing
    -Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    -New confusion
    -Inability to wake or stay awake
    -Bluish lips or face

    The incubation period for COVID-19 is thought to extend to 14 days, with a median time of 4-5 days from exposure to symptoms onset. One study reported that 97.5% of persons with COVID-19 who develop symptoms will do so within 11.5 days of SARS-CoV-2 infection.

    Freddy, since it’s clear you cannot deliver a simple copy/paste from medical professionals on the facts of Covid-19, I seriously doubt your comprehension of statistics. Maybe stick to conspiracy theories and constant praise to the worst president in the history of the United States; that seems to be your wheel house.

  3. Elizabeth May 29, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    There still seems to be so much that is not conclusive about this virus. The incubation period seems to be varied, the testing can be inaccurate, there is no proof those that are supposed to quarantine actually are, many people are following all of the guidelines but it seems just as many are not. We can’t force people to be responsible without enforceable laws and we have the freedom to be irresponsible and ‘enjoy’ the consequences. At least our hospitals are now far better prepared and we are not densely populated.

  4. John London May 30, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    You don’t shut down the worlds powerhouse because of a supposed 100,000 dead…sorry. I believe like many that a lot of these deaths have nothing to do with the mystery virus.

    More die from the lasting repercussions of smoking

    Yes, I know it came out of the sky just a little south of Moline.

    But the little green men are nowhere to be seen.

    Perfect leftist scam to try to shut down Capitalism and create another coup on Trump and even gin up riots and looting maybe.


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