Flu virus still present in the United States, some areas experiencing increase in cases

Feb 10, 2024



New York: The flu virus still exist in United States of americaSome areas are experiencing increase in cases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released data showing a decline in the number of flu hospitalizations nationwide, but an increase in respiratory diseases In some states.
According to Alicia Budd from the CDC, while the entire country has reached its peak, there are some areas that have not yet reached the peak. In the Midwest, flu-like illnesses are on the rise, with 23 states reporting high levels, compared with 18 last week.
Typically, flu season peaks between December and February, with the peak of the season occurring in late December. However, there is a possibility of a second surge, although it may be lower than the initial peak. So far, this flu season has been relatively normal, with an estimated 22 million illnesses, 250,000 hospitalizations and 15,000 deaths from the flu since October.
The CDC also reported 74 flu-related deaths in children. COVID-19 cases also peaked around the same time as the flu, but hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have not reached the same levels as the past three winters. COVID-19 is currently causing more hospitalizations than the flu, according to CDC data.
Dr. David Weber, an infectious disease expert at the University of North Carolina, confirmed these national trends, saying COVID-19, flu and the respiratory virus RSV have overwhelmed hospitals. Although the situation is not as severe as last winter, the hospital had to declare a capacity emergency and temporarily use extra beds.
Currently, about 35 patients with these viruses, mainly COVID-19, occupy hospital beds. Dr. Weber described this year as relatively typical, although the addition of COVID-19 has made things busier than before the pandemic.



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