Health experts concerned people are becoming desensitized regarding COVID


(WFXR) – The coronavirus has topped news headlines since early 2020. Now, health experts are worried people are becoming numb to the situation.

“It’s scary, very scary,” said Daisy Lopez, a Roanoke resident

“I think a lot of people don’t really believe it’s happening, but it really is,” said Gregory Key of Clifton Forge.

Conflicting views of COVID-19 are circulating across the country, including in the Commonwealth.

“I think they think it’s just not as serious. You know, some people got their beliefs,” Lopez said.

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported nearly 8,000 positive COVID-19 tests between Friday, Sept. 24 and Monday, Sept. 27, as well as 230 new hospitalizations. The VDH also reported 12,592 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

“I just had a friend die of COVID yesterday over in Covington, Virginia,” Key said.

Health experts say they believe some people have become numb to hearing about the coronavirus.

“I do think there is a component of that,” said Dr. Noelle Bissell, director of the New River Health District. “It’s been a long 20 months now. People are tired. They want to move on. We’re all tired,”

The Virginians who spoke with WFXR News all agree each person must take the necessary precautions in order to move forward from the deadly virus.

“I think everybody ought to get the shots. If everybody got the shots then we wouldn’t have to wear the masks or nothing else,” said Lloyd Wayne of Rocky Mount.

“I wish people would take it real serious,” said Lopez.

“It’s real, you know. It ain’t no joke,” said Key.

The VDH’s website shows multiple vaccination clinics scheduled for this week throughout southwest Virginia. To find one closest to you and make an appointment, click here.

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