US battles triple respiratory threat: Flu, COVID-19, RSV Surge

Director of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention – Dr Mandy Cohen | Credits: AP
Director of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention – Dr Mandy Cohen | Credits: AP

United States: The director of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention – Dr Mandy Cohen, has recently warned the congressional subcommittee about the surge in the spread of respiratory illness in the United States.

She underlined that the country has been witnessing a surge because of three viruses, i.e., flu, coronavirus and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

During the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee, Cohen was quoted saying, “RSV season is in full swing,” according to CNN Health.

Furthermore, she said, “Flu season is just beginning across most of the country, though accelerating fast, and while we’re seeing relatively low levels of Covid, Covid is still the primary cause of new respiratory hospitalizations and deaths, with about 15,000 hospitalizations and about 1,000 deaths every single week.”

Visual Representation of respiratory infections | Credits: Shutterstock

“We are seeing a lot of RSV, particularly in the southern part of the country, so we’re near peak, what I would say for RSV,” Cohen continued and added, “We are also at the beginning of flu season,” she said. “We’re actually having a pretty, what I would say, typical flu season. We do expect to see a lot more flu cases over the course of December and January.”

COVID-19 – is again on the rise!

She furthermore emphasized that the threat of COVID-19 has been emerging again, and it might turn out to be the biggest out of the three infections. She said, “Covid is still the respiratory virus that is putting the most number of folks in the hospital and taking their lives.”

Jabs for respiratory infections

In addition to this, she asked Americans to get vaccinated as, presently, the vaccines against all three respiratory illnesses are available.

According to the statistics shared by the CDC, this year, more than a third of adults and children have taken shots against the flu. However, only 16 percent of adults and 6 percent of children have gotten the injections against COVID-19. In addition to this, the RSV vaccine has been taken by only 15 percent of older adults 60 and up.

According to the official statement, the highest number of cases have been reported in the Southern and Western parts of the United States.

Pneumonia outbreak in Ohio

The health authorities of the United States have announced that there is fear regarding an “outbreak” of pediatric pneumonia in Warren County in Ohio. This concern has been shown by the health authorities after a large number of cases were registered. The major pathogens of the infection are adenovirus, Streptococcus pneumonia and mycoplasma pneumonia.

The threat of infection has increased in the United States after a rising number of respiratory infections in China and Denmark.

Reportedly a major number of cases have been reported among children. According to the data shared by US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, during the week ending on November 18, the doctor visits of children aged five or less were increased by 10 percent for influenza-like illnesses. The health agency also mentioned that the cases registered were three times higher than the average.  

The pediatric hospital beds are also filling up at a great pace. According to the official statistics, three-quarters of the pediatric hospital beds have been filled nationwide.

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