The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have reported a surge in flu, COVID-19, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) cases, which has raised concerns among health officials across the country. As a result, emergency rooms are preparing for a possible triple epidemic of illnesses.
In the past few months, from October until last week, there were at least 780,000 flu illnesses and almost 500 deaths in the United States alone. Flu infections can be especially deadly for certain age groups and individuals with underlying medical conditions. According to Dr. Brownstein, “For those that are the youngest, those are the oldest. For those who have underlying conditions, the flu infection can be especially deadly.”
Health officials say this year’s flu hospitalizations have been lower than this time last year. However, trends in southern states are similar to last year’s spikes. Despite this positive news regarding flu hospitalizations, health officials remain concerned about the rise in cases of COVID-19 and RSV. These illnesses pose additional challenges for healthcare systems already struggling to cope with the ongoing pandemic situation.