Health officials are expressing growing concerns as the number of flu, COVID-19, and RSV cases begins to rise across the country. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that from October until last week, there were at least 780,000 flu illnesses and almost 500 deaths. This is particularly concerning for those with underlying medical conditions and young children and older adults, who are more susceptible to severe cases and death from these three illnesses.
Dr. Brownstein, a physician who specializes in infectious diseases, explained that certain age groups and individuals with prior medical conditions are more vulnerable to serious complications from flu, COVID-19, and RSV. He emphasized that it is important for people in these categories to take extra precautions to protect themselves during this time of year.
Despite this concern, health officials noted that flu hospitalizations have been lower than this time last year. However, trends in southern states are similar to last year’s spikes in cases of flu and other respiratory illnesses. As a result, emergency rooms across the country are preparing for a possible triple epidemic of illnesses.