Duke nurse on virus spread: 'Real test in next couple weeks'
Ashley Wheeler, an emergency department nurse at Duke Regional Hospital, says social distancing has been key to keeping coronavirus in check. But as businesses reopen and social activities resume statewide, she worries about a spike in infections in the next few weeks.
TO DEVELOP THE CURVE YOU SEE HERE WHICH IS TRENDING UP. IN THE VIDEO BLOG UPDATE TODAY, DUKE REGIONAL ER NURSE ASHLEY WHEELER POINTS HOW WE ARE ALL IN AN UPHILL BATTLE EVEN WITH THE STATE OPENING BACK UP. THIS IS A PERSPECTIVE YOU WILL ONLY SEE ON WRAL. >> IT HAS BEEN A RELATIVELY BUSY DAY TODAY. WE HAVE PATIENTS GETTING TESTED. THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE EVERY DAY WHO ARE IN INSTITUTIONAL SETTINGS WHO ARE COMING IN POSITIVE AFTER EXPOSURE TO PEOPLE THAT THEY ARE AROUND FREQUENTLY. THIS IS NOT A SURPRISE. IT IS PROOF TO ME THAT THE SOCIAL DISTANCING WE HAVE BEEN DOING HAS BEEN THE RIGHT THING. IN THESE LOCATIONS WERE SOCIAL DISTANCING IS MORE DIFFICULT, IT IS JUST SPREADING AND IT CONTINUES TO SPREAD. IT'S NOT LIKE IT HAS GONE AWAY. THERE ARE STILL A LOT OF CASES. SO THAT DOES NOT BODE WELL FOR EVERYTHING OPENING UP AND PEOPLE EXCITEDLY BEING OUT ON THE TOWN. THE REAL TEST WILL BE THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS AS PEOPLE ARE OUT THIS WEEKEND AND IT IS NOT RAINING EVERY DAY. I REALLY WONDER IF WE WILL HAVE AN EXPLOSION OF CASES STARTING IN A FEW DAYS. BECAUSE THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING IS THAT HIS KEPT CASES RELATIVELY STEADY. THE BAD NEWS IS THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE