Flu Cases Intensify in the US

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According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recent data, more than 30 state 33 experiencing “high” or “very high” respiratory virus activity, and seasonal flu activity continues to be “elevated across the country”.

According to the CDC, there were at least 6.2 million influenza virus related illness as of Nov 19, and 53,000 hospitalizations and 2,900 deaths.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, told CNN “We have seen, in some regions, RSV numbers starting to trend downward. Flu numbers are still on the rise. And we are concerned that after holiday gathering, lots of people coming together, that we may see increases in Covid-19 cases as well. It’s all in a summary to say do everything you can to prevent it by getting your vaccines.”

Quoting recent CDC data, CNN writes “just 12% of eligible people in the US have gotten their updated Covid-19 booster, and about 1 in 5 people nationwide is still completely unvaccinated. Flu shots are lagging, too, with millions fewer vaccinations at this point in the season than in the past two years.”

Outgoing director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci reportedly warned of the potential for an emergency situation for flu and other influenza viruses. “When you have very little wiggle room of intensive care beds, when you have like almost all the intensive care beds that are occupied, it’s bad for the children who have RSV and need intensive care. But it also occupies all the beds, and children who have a number of other diseases that require intensive care or ICU, they don’t have the bed for it. So if you get to that situation, that’s approaching an emergency,” Dr. Fauci told CBS’s “Face the Nation”.

Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House Covid-19 response coordinator, told CNN “In terms of hospital capacity, we have been in touch with every jurisdiction around the country. We have been very clear, if you need extra help, the federal government is ready to help, ready to send in support staff, ready to support, send in additional supplies. I am confident we’re going to get through this, particularly if people step up and protect their families by getting the Covid and flu vaccine.”