ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The recent COVID-19 surge is getting harder to contain with families gathering over this holiday season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts COVID-19 deaths will increase in the coming weeks.
According to the CDC website, as many as 15,600 deaths per week will likely be reported across the country by Jan. 8, 2022. That is more COVID-19 cases than the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has reported across the entire Commonwealth since the pandemic began 21 months ago.
The anticipated surge in COVID-19 deaths is being attributed to social gatherings with friends and families during the holidays. This has left many people feeling anxious.
A local medical student, Lucas Arney, says people need to be aware of the actions they take during this time.
“We need to just be weary, especially during the holiday season, what we’re doing around our loved ones, family, and friends, just trying to think about their safety and not only their safety, the people you’re interacting with, but the people in your own family who are going to be interacting with you later on,” said Arney.
Arney hopes more people get the vaccine to help mitigate the spread of the virus.
The CDC has guidance on how to safely gather during the holidays on their website.
Some of those tips include wearing well-fitted masks over your nose and mouth in public indoor settings. The CDC also suggests getting a self-test result before going to indoor gatherings.
Overall, health officials say the best way to gather is to get vaccinated.