An FDA laboratory worker injects an influenza virus into an egg, where it will grow before being harvested, one of many complex steps involved in creating a traditional influenza vaccine. Source: US Food and Drug Administration.
A post-Thanksgiving surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations is adding additional stress to hospitals full of flu and RSV patients.
The worst flu outbreak in more than a decade has left nearly every state with high or very high levels of flu activity, underscoring how pandemic precautions may have left us more vulnerable to seasonal respiratory illness. reports Axios.
According to CDC dataflu-related hospital admissions during Thanksgiving week nearly doubled from the previous week and were the highest on record for that period since the 2010-2011 season.
Of the influenza A viruses detected and subtyped this season, 79 percent have been influenza A (H3N2) and 21 percent have been influenza A (H1N1). The CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 8.7 million illnesses, 78,000 hospitalizations and 4,500 deaths from the flu.
Covid hospitalizations reached their highest level in three months last week, with more than 35,000 patients treated, according to Washington Post data tracking. At least 98,725,596 cases of COVID-19 have been reported since February 29, 2020.
Due to the increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, public health authorities are concerned that the increase will make the situation worse. tension in hospitals already under pressure from the effects of influenza and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.
Nearly 20,000 Americans were hospitalized with the flu during Thanksgiving week, the most for that week in more than a decade and nearly double the number the week before.
Nancy Foster of the American Hospital Association said members are raising concerns about RSV and the flu rather than COVID-19.
“It could be that in a week or two we’re seeing a lot more covid patients than RSV or flu, but the real concern is that we’re going to see a huge influx of all of them, which will really stress the ability of hospitals to care for these very high-risk patients.” sick,” said Foster, the association’s vice president of quality policy and patient safety.
“We cannot lower our guard. We have to take the precautions we need to prevent the spread of these viruses, like washing our hands, wearing masks in crowded indoor spaces, and making sure to stay home if we’re sick. And of course, again, with COVID and the flu [to] get vaccinated as soon as possible,” said US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy “Good Morning America” from ABC.