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Medical experts warn pandemic isn’t over despite re-openings

Posted at 6:53 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 19:53:34-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — As things start to reopen Monday, medical experts say the mentality has changed from don't go to certain places to how to go to these certain places safely.

June 1st is a day many have been looking forward to.

"Trying to contain the virus -- that horse has already been let out of the barn, so what we need to do is help people do things in a safe manner," said Dr. Jasmine Marcelin of UNMC.

Marcelin said June 1st is also a day that might make you change your plans, like going out to dinner.

"If you really want to go out, don't go out on the first because everybody is going to want to go out on the first. So there's going to be a lot of crowding," she said.

She said it's important to remember that just because things are re-opening doesn't mean the pandemic is over.

"We still want to have the same level of vigilance and still want to be able to always think about how can we protect ourselves and protect those around us," said Dr. Marcelin.

Dr. Randy Pritza of CHI Health said mask-wearing is still important, along with keeping that six ft of distance and washing hands. Also, if you're sick stay home.

He also has concerns about the virus spreading as a result of the recent protests where large groups of people gathered.

"Big groups in tight quarters not washing their hands, it does pose a potential problem," said Dr. Pritza.

As far as re-opening, he thinks it's a good thing from a health care perspective because it brings a focus back onto patients who need treatment for things non-coronavirus related

Dr. Marcelin said it's important to remember how this virus disproportionately impacts minority groups and that everyone should continue to work together to keep everyone safe.

"We need to take it seriously for all of us," said Dr. Marcelin.