Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) map exhibits flu season ramping up in these states, however coronavirus an infection charges stay excessive
(NEXSTAR) – Whereas the unfold of coronavirus (COVID-19) is declining, flu season is simply getting began. New knowledge launched Friday by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention confirmed elevated influenza exercise in a number of U.S. states.
Final week, six “jurisdictions” (states or territories) noticed reasonable or excessive influenza exercise, in comparison with simply two jurisdictions the week earlier than.
The scenario is extra severe in Alaska, the place influenza exercise is excessive. In Florida, Hawaii, New Mexico, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., flu exercise is reasonable, in line with the CDC.
Whereas nearly all of states are displaying “low” or “minimal” flu exercise, issues are anticipated to worsen earlier than they get higher. The precise timing of flu season varies from 12 months to 12 months, however issues often begin to worsen in October. The height can come at any time in winter, however is most frequently reached in February.
Flu ranges are nonetheless thought of low in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Wyoming and South Carolina, however all of them noticed a rise in flu signs reported final week.
In line with the Colorado Division of Public Well being and Atmosphere (CDPHE), 38 folks have been hospitalized with the flu since October 1. Throughout the identical time interval, the Colorado Division of Public Well being and Atmosphere (CDPHE) reported 539 folks have been hospitalized resulting from coronavirus, and one other 39 have been hospitalized resulting from RSV.
The final time outpatient coronavirus an infection charges have been just like present charges was in December 2022.
It is usually necessary to notice that the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) map doesn’t seize all influenza exercise occurring in any given group. The info is predicated on the quantity of people that reported to a well being care facility with flu signs – fever, along with a cough or sore throat. It isn’t based mostly on laboratory-confirmed influenza instances.
This implies it might embrace instances that transform different respiratory diseases, however it could additionally not embrace instances the place individuals are staying house and combating the illness alone.
Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention consultants predict that this 12 months’s respiratory virus season will look very like final 12 months. They count on the flu season, particularly, to be throughout the “typical vary of severity.”
“Nevertheless, even typical seasons range extensively within the variety of diseases, hospitalizations and deaths,” the 2023-2024 forecast says.
Flu vaccines are already obtainable at pharmacies and docs’ workplaces and may be obtained similtaneously a COVID-19 booster shot.