As health officials continue to monitor the spread of flu, COVID-19, and RSV, concerns are growing about a possible triple epidemic of illnesses. Emergency rooms across the country are preparing for an increase in cases as the Centers for Disease Control reported at least 780,000 flu illnesses and nearly 500 deaths from October until last week.
Dr. Brownstein, a physician, shared that certain age groups and individuals with prior medical conditions are more vulnerable to severe cases and even death from these three illnesses. “For those that are the youngest, those are the oldest. For those who have underlying conditions, the flu infection can be especially deadly,” Brownstein said.
While flu hospitalizations have been lower than they were at this time last year, there is a similar pattern of spikes in southern states. Meanwhile, many veterans are at risk of losing their homes after the COVID mortgage forbearance program ends. The ongoing pandemic continues to present challenges for healthcare providers and patients alike as they work to stay healthy and prevent the spread of illnesses.