Austin doctor discusses tracking rising COVID-19 case numbers | KVUE

the leading doctors and scientists have been warning of a surge in the fall and it appears some areas in the country are starting to see the number of cases of covet 19 rise here to discuss this afternoon is dr pratesh gandhi doctor thanks so much for taking the

time back with us here on cave this afternoon i'm happy to be here thanks for having me well let's start with that spiking cases we saw the cases spike back in july here in texas and then the numbers went back down slowly why in your opinion are the

numbers on the rise once again you know it's a combination of factors right we've been through this before we had a seven day increase at the very beginning of september this was after labor day we could really pin it to this now we're in the middle of a

15-day increase in the number of hospitalizations and the average number of hospital admissions and the number of new cases we're feeling that here in the region and statewide and it is probably a combination of not just return to school because i think we've actually done okay on that

front i think it's more of the fact that there's a little bit of pandemic fatigue right i mean we've all been at this since march you want to hang out with your friends and your family it's hard to wear a mask all the time and so i think

we're just feeling the effects of pandemic fatigue and in that process some of these numbers are starting starting to slip hospitals hospitals in austin were busy during the spike back in the summertime do you think that helped them maybe better prepare for another surge in cases should we

see that this fall absolutely i have nothing but the utmost confidence in our healthcare workers in our hospitals and in federally qualified health centers like the one that i work at here we are prepared we are prepared because we're professionals who are working on the front lines and

we've been following science-based evidence-driven guidelines uh so we're prepared from a staffing perspective we are now increasingly prepared from a ppe perspective and we've we've had the benefit um for better or worse of having the reps uh to know what works and what doesn't work as it relates

to this virus let's talk about halloween it's a week from saturday what are your concerns what are your recommendations for those who still hope to celebrate the holiday in some way yeah look i think about it all the time i've got three young daughters uh all of their

costumes are uh ready to go uh i understand the desire to be outside and be with friends so what we are planning on doing is that we have talked to many of our neighbors uh they're prepared to be outside with their tables and different piles of candy so

our kids can go to the homes that they know uh the circles that we already isolate with and be able to do trick-or-treating in that way and for children who may have a compromise uh system who may be perhaps more at risk of complications from this virus you

know i i have a good friend that's uh that told me that they are hiding candy in the yard sort of doing a easter egg style trick or treat and then they're going to walk with their friends and just walk around in their costume so i think that

there are really individualized things that you can do to make halloween as normal as we can for our children but this is not the time to let up in terms of precautions we're taking wear a mask please don't go door to door for hours on end try to

stay within the circle of people that you know maintain your distance if you do those things wear a mask social distance i think we're going to be in good shape dr gandhi as always our pleasure to have you with us here on cave thank you so much for

your time here this afternoon happy to be here you all stay safe

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