Created: October 02, 2020 06:48 PM
ROSWELL, N.M.- Dr. Masoud Khorsand with Kymera Independent Physicians in Roswell is urging residents to take COVID seriously. According to state officials, Chaves County is still in the red zone as positive cases continue to rise daily
"I'm concerned that with the increase in COVID cases, we will have an increase in mortality. So far, Chaves County has had 1,200 cases and 12 people have died," said CEO and Dr. of Kymera Independent Physicians, Masoud Khorsand.
"It's better to be safe than sorry," he said.
Khorsand worries with flu season underway, and covid spreading rapidly among the community, it can complicate things.
"It can get worse, especially if the healthcare system is overwhelmed," he said. "The Winter is still coming. We are expecting a surge in COVID cases over the next 3 to 5 months. I don't think the vaccine will be ready to be implemented for the next 6 months based on the interviews with pharmacy leaders."
Khorsand believes death rates can reduce by half if the community would follow four basic guidelines to ensure the safety of themselves and their loved ones.
"As Dr. Fauci indicated several times, we can reduce the mortality at least by 50 percent," he said. "Just simple things like putting a mask on, sanitize your hands and keeping your social distancing--and with the first symptoms, asking to be tested. Those 4 things can reduce the risks for everybody in the community, especially the elderly people who are vulnerable for whatever reason."
Despite the increase of covid cases in the county, Dr. Khorsand believes there's still light at the end of the tunnel, but safety is key.
"I'm hoping with the events over the last 24 hours, and the fact that even President Trump got infected, despite all the measures that people around him were taking, it brings an awareness to the community that the risk is serious," he said.
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As of Friday, Chaves County has 1,293 positive cases.
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