Flu cases in Pennsylvania decrease slightly but doctors still concerned

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The number of new flu cases in Pennsylvania has fallen slightly, but the number is still higher than normal. We hope the numbers don’t drop. We’re not saying they’re low,” said UPMC’s Dr. John Goldman. Goldman said flu cases rose steadily for several weeks, but slowed slightly last week. a little bit down, that’s good. It’s better than them going up a lot. But we are still at a very high level of activity. We have a few more holidays coming up when people traditionally gather, crowd into malls and so forth, and those are good conditions for the flu to spread,” Goldman said. Goldman said flu immunity was waning for many Pennsylvania residents as many masked and socially distanced because of COVID-19. He said flu shots remain the best way to avoid getting seriously ill or needing a trip to the hospital. “People who die are usually older, over 65 years old, but often those people get the flu from their kids or their grandkids. So we’re really saying — especially this year — the best protection is a flu shot,” said Goldman. Pennsylvania has this The season has seen more than 100,000 flu cases so far and 20 deaths have occurred.

The number of new flu cases in Pennsylvania has fallen slightly, but the number is still higher than normal.

And with more than 25,000 cases recorded in the past week, doctors say there are plenty of concerns for weeks to come.

“What we hope is that the numbers are going down. We’re not saying they’re low,” said Dr. John Goldman of UPMC.

Goldman said flu cases rose steadily for several weeks, but slowed slightly last week.

“If the numbers are down a little bit, that’s good. It’s better than them going up a lot. But we’re still at a very high level of activity. We still have a few more holidays coming up where people traditionally get together, en masse to malls, et cetera, and that’s good conditions for the flu to spread,” Goldman said.

Goldman said immunity to the flu was waning for many Pennsylvania residents as many masked and socially distanced because of COVID-19.

He said flu shots remain the best way to avoid becoming seriously ill or needing to go to hospital.

“People who die are usually older, over 65, but a lot of times those people get the flu from their kids or their grandkids. So we’re really saying — especially this year — the best protection is a flu shot.” Goldman said.

Pennsylvania has seen more than 100,000 flu cases so far this season. There have been 20 deaths.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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