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Huntsville Hospital expert says fewer people getting tested for COVID-19

Testing is important for experts so they can follow the trends and have a better idea on how to control the spread. He says it’s important to catch the virus early.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala — Huntsville Hospital is seeing less people showing up to be tested for COVID-19. One expert says not catching the disease early could limit treatment options, especially for people who are considered high-risk . 

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Dr. Ali Hassoun, an Infectious Disease Expert with Huntsville hospital says the hospital has seen less people seeking COVID-19 tests. 

Here's a link to the February 26, 2021 Huntsville Hospital COVID-19 statistics showing in-patient and testing trends. 

Testing is important for experts so they can follow the trends and have a better idea on how to control the spread. He says it’s important to catch the virus early to explore treatment options for people who are considered high risk. 

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Dr. Hassoun tells our reporter, “We’re not out of this. We’re going to need to-- if we have minimal symptoms even-- get tested. And also think about the monoclonal infusion because it’s been helpful to reduce hospitalizations and reduce complications as well.” 

Dr. Hassoun says he’s noticed the number of people using the monoclonal infusion treatment has gone down at Huntsville Hospital. 

He says, if you suspect you might have COVID-19, get tested because you can only do monoclonal infusions if you diagnose COVID-19 early on. 

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