As the flu, COVID-19, and RSV cases rise across the country, health officials are expressing growing concern. Numerous emergency services are preparing for a possible triple outbreak of these diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), from October to last week, there were at least 780,000 cases of the flu and nearly 500 deaths.
Dr. Braunstein, a doctor who specializes in infectious diseases, has warned that certain age groups and individuals with pre-existing medical conditions are more susceptible to severe cases and even death from these three diseases. “For those who are the youngest, they are the oldest,” Dr. Braunstein said. “For those with underlying conditions, a flu infection can be especially deadly.”
While health officials say that the number of flu hospitalizations this year was lower than this time last year, trends in southern states are similar to last year’s spikes. It is essential for individuals to take preventative measures such as wearing masks, practicing good hygiene, and getting vaccinated against these diseases to protect themselves and their communities from potential outbreaks.