The Flu Is Definitely Back


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The flu virus is finally back serious. Flu season activity is high in the US, and experts expect many there will be more cases and hospitalizations in the coming weeks. One bright spot is that this year’s vaccines seem to align well with current events circulating flu strainsso they should provide valuable protection against the viral infection.

On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention arrived issued the latest weekly findings from her routine flu surveillance program, which tracks both flu-related hospitalizations and outpatient visits for flu-like illness.

Based on this data, flu activity is high to very high in 35 states and territories, especially in the eastern and southern regions of the country. The cumulative number of hospitalizations at this point in the year (Week 46) is also the highest since 2010-2011 flu season. Overall, the CDC estimates there have been at least 6.2 million illnesses, 53,000 hospitalizations and 2,900 deaths from flu since October, including 12 confirmed deaths in children. And with plenty of the holiday season still to enjoy, these case numbers will only get higher.

“We’re likely to see an increase in the coming weeks,” said Lynnette Brammer, an epidemiologist and leader of the CDC’s flu surveillance team, untilld NBC news.

Since the arrival of covid-19 at the end of 2019, the flu has become much less common. In principle, the flu did not occur in the winter of 2020 to 2021, while last winter’s flu season foreign but still much milder than normal. There are probably several reasons why a supposed “twindemia” involving flu and covid-19 never materialized, including recent speculation that respiratory viruses generally crowd each other out. But an important factor behind it Its disappearance is believed to be the physical distancing precautions imposed or voluntarily taken by many people to limit the spread of covid, which may have worked even better to prevent less contagious diseases like the flu. These precautions have largely declined and in turn many garden variety infections have returned.

For example, the US has a more serious and earlierthen-usual spike in respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, infections this year. RSV usually causes a mild cold in most, but it isn’t can be life-threatening for young people children and elderly people. As a result of the increase, many children’s hospitals do reported much higher levels of RSV-related hospitalizations than even during the normal RSV season. There is some speculation that infection is due to covid-19 has weakened children’s immune systems, making them more vulnerable to severe RSV, but many experts to argue that only the decrease in the immunity of the population is sufficient to explain these spikes.

Fortunately, there now appear to be cases of RSV to slow down in the U.S. And while many people are still getting sick and dying from covid-19, the threat of a huge wave arriving this winter, as in the past remains low for the time being. We can Even get relatively happy with the flu, as this year’s vaccine matches well with most circulating flu strains, according to the CDC.

Of course, just because this winter won’t be as bad as last one when it comes to respiratory illnesses does not mean that we should neglect wisely precautionary actions. Getting your updated covid-19 booster and annual flu shot will reduce your risk of snot-related woes and serious complications this holiday season, and other measures like staying home if you’re sick or wearing masks in high-risk situations can help the spread of flu contain , covid-19, RSV and other germs.

The Valley Voice
The Valley Voice
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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