by: Dr. Mary Gillis, D.Ed.
Posted: Apr 5, 2021 / 7:58 PM EST / Updated: April 5, 2021 / 8:49 PM EST
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Coronavirus cases and deaths have been falling sharply for weeks, but now there are more infections and hospitalizations in states across the country. Indiana is one of those states.
Dr. Amy Beth Kressel, Infectious Disease Specialist at Eskenazi Health, links the increased positivity rates to the growing number of virus mutations.
“The virus is mutating and there are more variants that could potentially escape vaccines,” Kressel told News 8. “The more the virus can spread before people get the vaccine, the more opportunities it has to improve on itself. ” The virus is an RNA virus. It is constantly evolving and finding different versions of itself that can infect people more efficiently. “
Kressl specifically refers to the British variant. The mutation captured the country and is the most dominant COVID-19 cousin in the United States to date. People who get this variant tend to be sicker. It also spreads from person to person faster.
She urges Hoosiers to get vaccinated, not to dine indoors, to stay away from crowds outside of one’s own circle and to continue the masking even after the mandate became an opinion on April 6th.