Health experts prepare to see more coronavirus cases in Shelby County

Health experts stressed the importance of continuing to test for the coronavirus.

Doctors at Baptist Memorial Hospital said Shelby County hasn’t had any community transmission of the coronavirus.

However, doctors said we must prepare for this virus to infect more people.

Dr. Stephen Threlkeld is an infectious disease specialist at Baptist Memorial Hospital.

“By the time you document community transmission you may just be testing the tip of that iceberg, so you have to count on there being more virus in the community than you know about,” said Threlkeld.

According to a 2017 CDC report, whenever two people are infected because of community spread, you can then assume that one percent of your population has it.

In the Mid-South, there are 12.8 million people between three THE states.

That would mean roughly 128-thousand people infected.

“We have to be prepared for this thing to infect a significant proportion of the population,” Threlkeld said. “Part of what’s going on is we’re trying to prevent it from going through the population extremely quickly.”

Threlklend said some of these mass closures are reasonable.

Many health experts have used the term, blunting the curve.

“That just means for example if there’s going to be an example a round number of 1,000 cases, it’s much easier to deal with that as a system in health care if that’s spread out over six months than over one month so you don’t have as much strain,” Threlkeld said.

According to Threlkeld, three commercial labs offer covid19 testing.

More labs will take some pressure off the state lab.