CDC warns of tough winter with flu, RSV and covid crashes

In the United States, flu and respiratory syncytial virus infections are unusually high and spiking prematurely, straining healthcare systems trying to recover from the worst coronavirus pandemic. Although new coronavirus cases have leveled off in recent weeks, federal health officials warned on Friday that pre-pandemic lives are restored and many Americans, especially children, face high levels of other viruses that are surging again as their immune systems are weak. . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued recommendations for respiratory viruses to thousands of health care providers to enhance testing, treatment and vaccination. At least 4,300 influenza patients were admitted to the hospital over the weekend of October 29, the highest number ever. That’s almost double the period in 10 years, according to data released on Friday. The flu season started six weeks earlier this year at levels not seen since the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic. Dawn O’Connell, Health Assistant, said, “There is no doubt that we will face some challenges this winter due to rising RSV infections, increasing flu cases and continuing covid-19 burdens in our communities.” And the Minister for Human Services for Preparation and Response told reporters on Friday. “But remember, RSV and the flu are not new, and we have safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19 and the flu.” A common cause of cold-like symptoms in children, known as RSV, continues to increase across the country and burden children’s hospitals. Trends vary by region. RSV appears to be retreating in the southeastern and western mountainous regions as influenza surges. There is no vaccine against RSV, but Pfizer plans to seek approval for a vaccine given during pregnancy. Health officials are preparing for the possibility that the coronavirus will again overwhelm hospitals as governments abandon efforts to limit transmission and new strains become dominant as few people are few. Older people who are most vulnerable to serious illness are getting the latest immunizations. Some health officials have described the confluence of influenza, RSV and coronavirus as a “triple epidemic.” “Covid has affected the seasonal pattern of all these respiratory infections,” he said. Tina Tan, a pediatric infectious disease expert at Chicago’s Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, where RSV cases are skyrocketing and flu cases are starting to rise. “No one knows whether the pattern will return to pre-coronavirus, but when there are three viruses that can cause serious illness, providing the care people need becomes more complex. At the same time.” Declaring a hospital crisis is premature, said David Rubin, who tracks respiratory viruses at PolicyLab at Philadelphia Children’s Hospital. He said the youth mental health crisis and the nationwide shortage of pediatric beds have made it more difficult for the health care system to handle the increase in respiratory patients. But adult hospitals are better positioned to respond. “It depends on when these peaks occur and how severe the coronavirus is this winter,” Rubin said. “We haven’t seen any real acceleration in COVID-19 hospitalizations this year. If you are looking for a silver lining, this is it.” The U.S. government has stockpiles of medical supplies, including personal protective equipment and ventilators, but no state has requested additional personnel or supplies, officials say. Anne Zink, president of the Association of Health Officials, said in a written statement, “We urge parents and families to take precautions to stay healthy and not burden the hospital system. These are precautions such as staying up to date on vaccines, staying home when you are sick, and washing your hands regularly. Mask wearing, often omitted or downplayed in government recommendations, is a measure that has been rarely adopted during past respiratory virus seasons, but has proven effective in slowing the spread of the coronavirus. The committee advising CDC Director Rochelle Walensky asked at a meeting on Thursday why agency officials did not recommend masking given the burden on hospitals. José Romero, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, mentioned a mask that fits well at the end of the list of recommended precautions in a press briefing on Friday at the CDC. Can be used. “Romero said. RSV, another virus that makes it difficult to find a bed in children’s hospitals, experts say, social distancing and wearing masks have contributed to the current situation to avoid the coronavirus, experts say. All the regular exposures that occur with the virus didn’t happen,” Walensky told the US Senate Chamber on Tuesday. The deal. “If you do two years without that infection, unprotected from infection, suddenly boom, from 0 to 3 years old. If everyone gets RSV, we can see the health implications.” While RSV is at the forefront, the virus that causes hospitalization in children poses a greater threat to the elderly and immunocompromised adults as well. Doctors are seeing a decline in COVID-19 cases They say medically vulnerable people should consider stepping up their precautions due to the circulation of other respiratory viruses. Go to the area with N95,” said Aaron Glatt, director of infectious diseases at Mount Sinai South Nassau in New York. Lynnette Brammer, an epidemiologist who leads the CDC’s national influenza surveillance team, said officials have yet to see evidence of a more lethal strain of influenza, Friday. “It’s just early.”
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