STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - When will the pandemic end?
The number of COVID-19 cases in Mississippi has been decreasing.
But do not rule out another wave of cases, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said on Friday, Oct. 8.
“We’ve got more people immune, but still, there is a large section of the population, you know, maybe a million, maybe 750,000, who are not immune,” he said.
Another surge could arrive toward the end of the year when children are out of school and when more people gather for the holidays, Dobbs explained.
At some point, there will be an end to this pandemic.
Mississippi could reach that end quicker by not giving up on masking, social distancing and for more people to get vaccinated, Dobbs added.
“It’s almost like we’ve discovered a way to make things better, and then as soon as things start looking better, we stop the things that make it better,” he said. “So it’s gonna get worse.”
WTVA reporter Keaundria Milloy spoke with several individuals on Monday about the ongoing situation.
"We can prevent more COVID cases," Mississippi State student Erin Fenderson said.
She’s open to wearing masks to stay safe.
"I have no problem with it. It's definitely part of the mandate to prevent what's going on right now."
Dennis Norpin agreed.
"We'd be out of this crisis if people were doing the right thing,” he said. “Please people, get a vaccination so we can get out of this problem."
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