Danville Doctor says social distancing may be new norm for a while

Posted at 9:28 PM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 21:30:27-04

DANVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — Life for Americans has changed dramatically in the last few weeks. For many, it may seem like there is no end in sight.

A Danville Family Practice Physician out of Integrity Extended Healthcare says things may remain like this for a while, but he says because of Kentuckian's early actions of social distancing and strict guidelines, he believes the number of cases will be much lower here than places like New York and Los Angeles.

"I think that Gov. Beshear's direction with essential shut down of Kentucky and being one of the first states to implement a shut down has allowed our case detection rate to be in the single digits and we want to keep it there," Doctor Pallaki Ravi said.

Ravi says Kentuckians should know though that number of cases may be somewhat deceiving in the future. This is because as testing becomes more readily accessible and more accurate, the total number of cases could go up.

"It is going to increase our caseload and yes we will have more positive cases because the tests themselves will become more sensitive and specific," Ravi explained.

Ravi says he predicts social distancing will be the norm for a while.

"There's still a lot more work to be done we have to continue doing this to keep those numbers in the single-digit percent so our hospitals can handle it," Ravi said. "I think we will be able to handle it as a state so I think social distancing is very important we need to continue to practice that."