Every One is Sick

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In this WIRED article, Amanda Hoover writes “If cold and flu season seems to be hitting your household harder this year, you’re not alone. This is the year when common viruses that took a backseat to Covid-19 finally return.”

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, there was 25% of flu infection in the US as of late November. “It’s the tripledemic that epidemiologists feared—those viruses, with the help of a few other seasonal recurring ones, are working together to fuel weeks of coughing, runny noses, and fevers. So if your kids, your coworkers, and everyone you know has been feeling sick, that’s why,” Hoover writes.

According to Katelyn Jetelina, who reportedly about infectious disease spread told the WIRED “This season is truly unprecedented. The high rates of flu-like illness could be an early peak, or an early warning of a monumentally bad season. How high it will go, and how severe it will be, is unfortunately something we have to wait and see. We’re at the mercy of time.”

CDC director Rochelle Dr. Rochelle Walensky said “The problem goes beyond making everyone feel sluggish and icky. The flu, RSV, and Covid are putting stress on US hospital systems. It’s the unintended consequence of measures that sought to save lives—social distancing and mask-wearing curbed the spread of flu and RSV in 2020 and 2021.”

Dr. Eric Biondi, director of the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Division at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Maryland, told “The beds there are full. The center even opened surge beds, but those are now full too. The children’s hospital is no stranger to fielding severe illness from RSV and the flu, but this year they’ve hit simultaneously.  It’s been rough. The [RSV] spike happened quick. There was no flattening of the curve. It just went up.”