The floodgates have opened on the flu, with millions of people across the U.S. reporting an estimated 6.2 million flu illnesses logged, and nearly 3,000 deaths from influenza since the beginning of October 2022, according to the CDC.
Holiday season is here and lots of gatherings and family visits are on the horizon. We are likely to see an increase in number of Flu and COVID cases on the upcoming weeks ,” Dr. Motameni says.
Dr. Motameni further noted that ” People don’t have a good understanding on how severe flu can be”. Several years of limited viral activity have resulted in few people with immune systems capable of fighting off the most virulent infectious diseases. This years Flu, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and COVID numbers could be very high.
“We are dealing with three very contagious respiratory viruses, our expectation is we are likely to see an increase in the upcoming weeks, particularly with influenza and Covid” said Dr. Ashish Jha, coordinator for the White House Covid-19 Task Force.
Typical flu seasons ramp up in December, peaking in January or February. With the early start to the flu season this year, many people were infected before they had a chance to get vaccinated, making it easier for the virus to spread.
The latest CDC data on flu activity shows spread “very high” across much of the nation, especially in Washington, Virginia, D.C. Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, as well as New York City.
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