SANTA CLARA (KPIX) — For some, the upcoming three-day weekend may mean a trip to Arlington, Texas to see the 49ers take on the Cowboys in the wildcard round of the playoffs.
The Faithful hope to leave with a victory but at what cost? People traveling this weekend are at risk of accumulating COVID cases during the ongoing omicron surge.
Sydney Johnson was at the 49ers store in Santa Clara for shopping on Thursday. She bought 10 jerseys as her family prepared to fly to Dallas.
“We have our family: my brother, my sister and their relatives, my father, my mother – we all go to the game! says Johnson.
Like the 49ers’ season-ending win over the Rams at SoFi Stadium, it’s expected there will be a sea of red again on Sunday when the 49ers take on the Cowboys.
For those working in the medical field, the goal is to spread the message of harm reduction.
“I’m not one to say don’t commit to life in this new omicron year, but you have to be responsible and careful as much as you can,” said specialist Dr Peter Chin-Hong. of infectious diseases at UC San. Francisco.
The long weekend with the playoff game follows a wave of coronavirus during the holidays. According to UCSF epidemiologist Dr. George Rutherford, there are signs that cases are beginning to decline.
“We’re about to tip over and start dropping crates and stuff. You hate to have a new push added just when we’re recovering from this one,” Dr Rutherford said.
Another surge is concerning, especially for local hospitals. The number of hospitalizations tends to be lower than reported cases and the outlook is not good for an already stressed and understaffed healthcare system.
“Hospitalizations in California are estimated to increase by 100% over the next few weeks, which is going to be crazy as we are almost at capacity,” said Dr. Peter Chin-Hong.
Medical experts say have fun but be as careful as possible no matter where you travel this weekend. Another recommendation is to get tested three days after returning from your trip.
“There may not be other people around you wearing masks, but wear your mask. Give yourself a chance not to get infected,” Dr Rutherford said.