Public health specialist Dr Peter Marghella appeared on KGVO’s Talk Back show again on Thursday to discuss the latest details on COVID 19 in this country and around the world.
After providing the current global and US figures, Dr Marghella offered some good news about the pandemic in America.
âThe good news I can report today is that overall we are down about 35% in the number of cases compared to July, so we are seeing quite a significant drop in morbidity and disease. reported mortality, morbidity, at least in this case, actual disease which is fine, âDr Marghella said.
With the end of summer and colder weather forcing people to stay indoors, Dr Marghella said cases could naturally increase again.
âNow, as the colder months arrive, we face two problems,â he said. “First, there will be less social distancing, so we can expect that unless vaccine compliance increases, which is an issue I will talk about in a second, we will likely see another spike.” new cases and deaths, and how bad that spike is, we don’t know yet.
Dr Marghella also warned of the coming cold and flu season.
“We are entering the annual flu season together, and CDC and World Health Organization officials are warning that this could be a particularly bad year for seasonal flu,” he said. In 2018, it was the worst seasonal flu event we have experienced in 60 years in terms of morbidity and mortality produced, with more than 35,000 deaths in the United States.
Dr Marghella then focused on the numbers from Montana.
“I know from reporting that Montana was recorded yesterday as having the highest number of hospitalizations in a single day, anywhere in the country,” he said. âSo state hospitals are already under significant strain to be able to manage the patient load. And what we don’t want to see for sure happen is that it’s going to get worse. “
Dr. Marghella holds a Doctorate of Science in Public Health Preparation; Masters in Health Administration and Policy, National Security and Strategic Studies and Medical Management of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Explosive Weapons of Mass Destruction.
He appeared on Talk Back several times before and during the pandemic.