LA County faces tripledemic crisis as respiratory illnesses surge post-holiday season

Visual Representative for Respiratory Illnesses | Credits: Getty Images
Visual Representative for Respiratory Illnesses | Credits: Getty Images

United States: The happy and cheerful holiday season has come to an end with a spike in respiratory illnesses – including cough, COVID-19, flu, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). In the midst of this, the health authorities of Los Angeles County have heightened alarm.

According to the data shared by the health authorities, the individuals who were on holiday and then traveled back are the main spreaders of the viruses, especially the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is responsible for COVID-19. It is to be noted that the authorities have been concerned because this year, the United States has been experiencing a tripledemic – simultaneous rise in COVID, flu, and RSV, as per reports by ktla.com.

The Department of Public Health of Los Angeles County outlined that the region recorded about 800 per day hospital admissions due to COVID-19 on January 2 – the data is the highest since Christmas.

 The health officials have also underlined that around four people have been dying per day due to COVID-19 in LA County.

An increase in flu activity!

According to the data released by the health department, with the beginning of the new year, the cases related to flu activity have also increased across the County. The official data has revealed that the health professionals had reported approximately 425 hospital admissions related to influenza per day on the week ending on December 30 – the data was slightly less from the previous week.

Visual Representation | Credits: WNEP

The public health officials, in this regard, mentioned, “Although the decline in the most recent week is an encouraging sign, it is still too soon to tell if flu activity has peaked for this season.”

What LA County Public Health Department’s Respiratory Watch has to comment on RSV cases?

The LA County Public Health Department’s Respiratory Watch has underlined that the cases related to RSV have witnessed a decrease – the cases have come down from 500 per week – during the last week of December 2023 – to 238 per week – on the week ending on January 6, 2024, according to ktla.com.

LA County Public Health Department’s Respiratory Watch | Credits: Google Images

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has listed LA County among the states with the lowest hospitalization admission rates. It is to be noted that the County has re-implemented the mask mandates for healthcare workers and visitors.  

Respiratory illnesses’ activity across the US!

In addition to this, the CDC has named California among other 37 states in the “very high” category. As per the federal health agency, the United States has witnessed a decrease in flu activities, whereas the cases related to COVID-19 and RSV remained the same. However, health experts are on alert as in the US, wastewater viral activity levels of COVID-19 are very high.

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