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Posted on: July 10, 2020

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UNDERSTANDING TERMS USED TO REPORT COVID-19 CASES

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The daily graph BELOW from the Texas Department of State Health Services shows that the cumulative number of positive cases in Texas continues to rise. Here are some important clarifications:

Graph showing Covid-19 cases

Confirmed Cases

"Confirmed cases" is a statistic that is cumulative from the time tracking began earlier in 2020. It will continue to increase, whether active cases rise or decline.

Active Cases

However, there is no downward trend on the number of new active cases daily. The requirements for wearing masks, social distancing and sanitizing should be followed to help reduce the spread of the virus. Demands placed upon hospitals and healthcare providers are increasing statewide.

Recovered Cases

While the word "recovered" seems to indicate that the person is over the virus and healthy, it actually means in this methodology that the person did not die and they are not contagious any longer. 

Recovered is determined by a computer algorithm that looks for cases 14 days after a case was entered into the system and flags the case as recovered.  No one checks with the person to verify their current condition. 

Long Term Effects

There are many people who are reported as recovered, but they are still experiencing poor health conditions that may or may not go away with time. Healthcare experts are also warning that recovered people can also develop future health problems as a result of the having the virus.

Tracking Cases

You can view the DSHS COVID-19 dashboard for tracking cumulative, active and recovered cases as well as COVID-19 deaths.

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ACTUALIZACIÓN DE COVID-19 10 DE JULIO DE 2020
TÉRMINOS DE COMPRENCION UTILIZADOS PARA INFORMAR DE LOS CASOS DE COVID-19


El gráfico diario mencionado anteriormente del Departamento de Servicios de Salud del Estado de Texas muestra que el número acumulado de casos positivos en Texas continúa aumentando. Estas son algunas aclaraciones importantes:

Casos confirmados

"Casos confirmados" es una estadística que se acumula a partir del tiempo en que el seguimiento comenzó a principios de 2020. Seguirá aumentando, ya sea que los casos activos aumenten o disminuyan.

Casos activos

Sin embargo, no hay una tendencia a la baja en el número de nuevos casos activos diariamente. Se deben seguir los requisitos para usar máscaras, distanciamiento social y desinfección para ayudar a reducir la propagación del virus. La demanda incrementa en los hospitales y proveedores de atención médica en todo el estado.

Casos recuperados

Si bien la palabra "recuperado" parece indicar que la persona está sobre el virus y sano, en realidad significa en esta metodología que la persona no murió y ya no son contagiosas. 

La recuperación está determinada por un algoritmo informático que busca casos 14 días después de que se introdujo un caso en el sistema y marca el caso como recuperado. Nadie consulta con la persona para verificar su estado actual.

Efectos a largo plazo

Hay muchas personas que se reportan como recuperadas, pero todavía están experimentando condiciones de salud malas que pueden o no desaparecer con el tiempo. Los expertos en atención médica también advierten que las personas recuperadas pueden desarrollar problemas de salud futuros como resultado de posesión del virus.

Casos de seguimiento

Puede ver el panel de DSHS COVID-19 para realizar un seguimiento de los casos acumulativos, activos y recuperados, así como las muertes por COVID-19.

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