COVID-19 daily update Cases, deaths, vaccination rates in Wisconsin, La Crosse, Eau Claire (October 4, 2021)

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LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – We’re now over a year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic.

As health care workers learn more about the virus through science, Ben Helwig reports they’ve also found how to help reduce the severity of some symptoms.

COVID-19 is still a major problem. Now, new treatments have been developed to aid those who are sick

“We’re finding that there are new medications that are effective in decreasing the morbidity and mortality of covid and those that specifically impact the inflammatory pathway,” said Dr. David Werner.

Steroids used to treat patients can help minimize symptoms. It can also reduce the length of hospital stay and even the chance of death.

Werner said, “Steroids can decrease the progression of respiratory failure and the need for intubation or being put on a breathing tube.”

The pressure from COVID-19 has decreased but hospitals remain busy. People are returning for more traditional check-ups

“I have noticed last year there was a reluctance to come in because of being scared of what covid was and how it was transmitted and just a lot of uncertainty. I see now people are more comfortable getting general medical issues treated,” said Werner.

It’s recommended to get vaccinated to avoid some of the more severe covid symptoms

“We are seeing that people who are vaccinated are typically not needing to get hospitalized and are having much less severity of disease,” said Werner.

Health care workers remind you– if you’re feeling COVID-19 symptoms, do not go to the emergency room for a test, instead find a testing site.

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