Ten months into the pandemic, Covid-19 is still not showing any signs of going away. With colder weather keeping more people indoors and the virus spreading with peoples’ holiday travel, you may be wondering: is Georgia entering a new Covid-19 spike?
Is there a spike in Covid-19 cases in Georgia?
In short, yes – Georgia is experiencing a new surge in Covid-19 cases this month. The number of overall positive Covid-19 cases in Georgia increased 60% in the first week of December alone, and the state reported its second-highest single day of Covid-19 cases this week.
Many of these cases can be attributed to Thanksgiving travel and get-togethers where masks and social distancing may or may not have been required, as mask mandates vary from county to county. Covid-19 is also spiking faster this winter due to people spending more time indoors, just like colds and the flu spread more quickly during colder months.
You can see Georgia’s Covid-19 daily status report here.
What are the hardest hit counties?
There are more than 2,000 counties in the red zone, meaning that there are a high number of positive cases daily. Nearly 80% of the state is experiencing moderate to high community transmission of the virus, and that number is likely to continue growing until Covid-19 vaccines become more widely available.
According to Emory University’s Covid-19 county indicator, as of 12/16/2020, the hardest-hit counties in Georgia are:
When should I get tested?
You should get tested if you have been exposed to someone who tests positive for Covid-19. If you’ve been traveling in or out of state, especially to hotspots or hard-hit areas, it may be a good idea to get tested to make sure you haven’t brought the virus home with you.
You should also get tested if you experience flu-like symptoms such as:
- Fever and/or chills
- Shortness of breath and/or difficulty breathing
- Muscle and/or body aches
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
Remember that not everyone who gets Covid-19 experiences symptoms. If you think you’ve been exposed to someone who has Covid-19, it’s best to get tested even if you aren’t experiencing any of the symptoms listed above.
Is it the flu or Covid-19?
As if Covid-19 wasn’t enough to think about this year, it’s also currently flu season. You may have heard that the flu and Covid-19 have many similar symptoms. Even if you’ve had your annual flu shot, remember that these two illnesses are not the same. If you’re experiencing flu-like symptoms, the only way to definitively know which illness you have is to get a Covid-19 test.
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If you need to get tested for Covid-19 for any reason, there are many community testing centers at drive-in locations, clinics, and hospitals in metro Atlanta. However, there can be long waits and delays in testing due to the latest spike of Covid-19 cases in Georgia.
Drip Hydration can help. We bring your Covid-19 test directly to you so that you don’t have to deal with the hassle of waiting in line or potentially exposing yourself or others to the virus. We make getting tested the safest, simplest, and most convenient option in Atlanta.