June 12, 2024

Sara Fryman just lately acquired COVID-19 for a second time. She joined 1000’s of others within the surge of respiratory circumstances throughout the nation, together with COVID-19, the flu and RSV. The bugs are extra frequent this time of 12 months.

“As we enter the winter months, individuals are spending extra time indoors and we are likely to see a rise in respiratory infections,” stated Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, director of the Dept. of Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness and Prevention at WHO.

The CDC’s newest information exhibits that as of Dec. 29, respiratory sickness exercise was excessive or very excessive in two-thirds of the US, stretching from New Hampshire to Washington state. Vacation journey can also be an element within the unfold.

“What occurs in Thanksgiving and Christmas and New 12 months’s is that when folks get collectively, you combine the chance from one a part of the nation to the subsequent,” stated Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, professor of medication at College of California, San Francisco.

Vaccines can preserve somebody who’s sick from getting a extreme case or dying. However CDC information exhibits solely about 40% of adults and youngsters have gotten this 12 months’s flu shot. Lower than 20% have gotten the most recent COVID-19 vaccine. Consultants say it is nonetheless not too late to get vaccinated and to be careful for signs like fever, chilly and cough.

Should you do get sick, they are saying to remain dwelling and name a health care provider in case there’s medication that would pace your restoration.

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