CORONAVIRUS UTAH

Physician: ‘We Need To Limit Social Gatherings’ As COVID-19 Continues To Spread

Oct 28, 2020, 9:59 PM

MURRAY, Utah – As the coronavirus continues to spread in Utah, doctors are increasingly worried about the level of care they will be able to provide in the weeks to come.

Dr. Todd Vento, an infectious diseases physician with Intermountain Healthcare, shared his three greatest concerns with the trajectory of the virus on Wednesday.

Vento said the rise in COVID-19 cases comes from allowing Utahns to get back together in small social gatherings in schools, at home and elsewhere in their communities.

“It’s people saying, ‘it’s OK to get together with my brother and his children, and my sister and her children, and bring them over for Sunday dinner.’ Now, we’ve got 15 people in the house,” said Vento.

People are mixing their quarantine bubbles in close contact with other groups, increasing the likelihood that somebody in one of those groups has been exposed to the virus.

“Everybody who is in a different nuclear family, or a different group that has their own exposures, and then that group has its own exposures. You’re just increasing your likelihood of exposure,” Vento said.

Three Biggest Concerns

First, Vento said Utahns are not doing a good enough job wearing masks in all situations and social distancing.

“We’re not even close to the level of adherence to the measures that will stop the spread of disease in the community,” he said.

Vento said that is apparent in complacency with small gatherings.

“That’s my biggest concern because it’s at the source of everything,” he said.

Second, not following those COVID-19 guidelines puts pressure on Utah’s hospitals, and their resources, especially health care providers.

“Now, we cannot provide the level of care that we are actually capable and competent to provide,” Vento said. “We just can’t, because we’re overwhelmed by sheer numbers.”

Third, not enough leadership at all levels, from elected state officials to community and school leaders.

As dire as the situation is right now, Vento said the state should give daily briefings on the status of the virus with continued public education that helps cut through misinformation and disinformation.

“So that you get as many people in the public completely informed and you actually target any disinformation,” he said. “You have to have leaders who are in charge.”

He thinks state leaders should be telling the public what the situation is, what they need to do — and how to do it.

He said we all need to be thinking about the same things that work to break the transmission of the virus whenever we leave the house.

“I should be telling myself: ‘If I don’t social distance, and I don’t do a mask, I’m going to run the risk of probably getting the virus, which will affect people, hospitalizations, deaths and it will also affect the economy,'” Vento said.

The message to the public has not changed since the spring, he said. Utahns need to social distance and mask up in order to limit the spread of the virus.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Coronavirus Utah

FILE: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (left) and Moderna COVID-19 (right) vaccines are seen at a vaccinati...
Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer

US clears updated COVID boosters for kids as young as 5

The U.S. on Wednesday authorized updated COVID-19 boosters for children as young as 5, seeking to expand protection ahead of an expected winter wave.
2 months ago
...
Alex Cabrero and Mike Anderson, KSL TV

Sandy woman shares frustration of ongoing battle with COVID-19

As life starts to return to normal from the pandemic, for millions of Americans, it still causes a daily struggle. That's the case for one Sandy woman, who shared her story Tuesday.
2 months ago
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 09: A pharmacist prepares to administer  COVID-19 vaccine booster sho...
Jed Boal

University Health recommends getting omicron booster and flu shot now

The CDC approved the COVID-19 bivalent boosters that target the most recent omicron variants on September 1. Since then, tens of thousands of Utahns have rolled up their sleeves.
2 months ago
FILE: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (left) and Moderna COVID-19 (right) vaccines are seen at a vaccinati...
Jed Boal

Despite reaching 5,000 deaths, Utah’s COVID-19 numbers are down

The director of the World Health Organization said yesterday about COVID-19, “the end is in sight,” even if we are not there yet.
3 months ago
FILE: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (left) and Moderna COVID-19 (right) vaccines are seen at a vaccinati...
LAURA UNGAR AP Science Writer

Is COVID-19 winding down? Scientists say no

New booster shots have arrived and social distancing guidelines have eased but COVID-19 infections aren't going away anytime soon. Experts predict the scourge that's already lasted longer than the 1918 flu pandemic will linger far into the future as the virus continues to cause deaths and may well mutate or evolve into a new disease.
3 months ago
FILE: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (left) and Moderna COVID-19 (right) vaccines are seen at a vaccinati...
LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer

US clears updated COVID boosters targeting newest variants

U.S. clears updated COVID-19 boosters targeting the newest omicron strain; shots could begin within days.
3 months ago

Sponsored Articles

house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 reasons you may want to consider apartment life over owning a home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Take this quiz before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t let a ransomware attack get you down | Protect your workplace today with cyber insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Physician: ‘We Need To Limit Social Gatherings’ As COVID-19 Continues To Spread