CHI Health doctor speaks about COVID-19 trends

Posted at 10:32 AM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 19:32:15-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — CHI Health Dr. Nikhil Jagan, a pulmonologist and critical care lead at St. Francis in Grand Island, spoke Wednesday about trends in COVID-19.

Dr. Jagan mentioned that COVID-19 patients seem to be coming in a little earlier to hospitals compared to the initial surge. He’s also seen an increase in older patients with comorbidities being hospitalized.

Infection rates in younger people are going up, but Dr. Jagan said he hasn’t seen a lot of them in the hospital.

As for treatment, Dr. Jagan said he hasn’t been able to pinpoint one specific treatment that works and believes it’s a combination of things.

He said he’s always anticipated a second wave of COVID-19 and that staff are prepared to take care of people who come into the hospital. He added that staff is holding up well and have shown tremendous teamwork to do their best with each patient.

Dr. Jagan said that COVID-19 is still in its early days. Some patients he’s seen have recovered well while others have lingering symptoms including shortness of breath and fatigue. He says it’s important to monitor individuals with lasting symptoms over time to see if they go away.

With flu season approaching, Dr. Jagan discussed the danger of the flu and COVID-19 coexisting. He said if COVID-19 guidelines including wearing a mask and social distancing are followed, a more mild flu season could be possible.

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