Big events become super spreaders of Covid-19


More than 700 people are currently being hospitalized with Covid-19 in hospitals in the Memphis area

MEMPHIS, Tennessee – Major events such as the World Championship Hot Wing Contest and numerous concerts are planned across the city of Memphis this weekend. Doctors like the infectious disease specialist Dr. However, Hiren Pokharna fear that these could become Covid-19 super spreaders.

“Absolutely, no question about it,” said Pokharna. “The hospitals, if they don’t all know, we are flooded.”

Hospitals in the Memphis area are overwhelmed with 701 people currently hospitalized with the virus. Pokharna, who has treated some of these patients, said that without mandatory Covid-19 restrictions, we must take our own precautions at these events.

“I think we want a balance on both sides,” said Pokharna. “We definitely don’t want people to get locked up or lose their freedom, so it’s important to take these preventive measures again.”

Whether or not you have been vaccinated, he advises masking outdoors, maintaining social distance when in crowded areas, and further disinfecting your hands.

Since the beginning of the pandemic:

• The last 9 days were 9 of the top 10 days with the highest hospital stays

• The last 10 days were the top 10 days with the most recordings in the intensive care unit

– Mayor Jim Strickland (@MayorMemphis) August 27, 2021

Pokharna said it could be up to us to limit the number of cases and reduce stress in the hospitals.

“It should be a moral responsibility, a social responsibility, and an obligation of the entire community,” Pokharna said. “Again we are all a community that should feel like our city and we can set an example with all of these preventive measures.”