New Tripledemic Could Affect Us This Winter
(RepublicanNews.org) – Nearly 1.1 million people in the US have died from the coronavirus since the beginning of 2020, and the infection continues to plague the nation and the world. Fortunately, COVID-19 case counts are now relatively low when compared to the peaks over the last few years. But America is headed into winter, and scientists say its citizens could have to contend with multiple viruses simultaneously.
On November 7, TODAY reported experts believed a “potential tripledemic” could be looming on the horizon. Joining COVID-19, which is still in play and could worsen over the colder months, are respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and the flu.
The good news? RSV and flu aren't new, so we know how to prevent and treat them, and there are vaccines to protect against two of the three viruses that could cause a "tripledemic." https://t.co/4iN3BBdxla
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 8, 2022
RSV primarily affects children under one year of age, and there is no vaccine for prevention. Doctors from major cities across the country reported hospitals were already reaching full capacity in October from the illness. The respiratory virus doesn’t usually hit this early in the season.
Cases of influenza are also rising on a weekly basis, with the CDC reporting that the US hasn’t seen “hospitalization rates” this high from the illness in 10 years. Disease control center expert Lynnette Brammer recently said the infection numbers don’t necessarily mean the flu will be more severe during the 2022/2023 season. However, when speaking with TODAY, Dr. Michael Angarone from Northwestern Medicine in Chicago said experts are concerned about the combination of multiple viruses this winter overwhelming hospitals.
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