New York (WABC) — Emergency rooms are filling up fast, and health officials have seen adults with the flu and COVID, as well as young children with RSV.
The annual winter flu season doesn’t usually start until December or January, but this year it started early, complicated by other circulating viruses and still-ongoing COVID.
Last week, 44 states reported high or very high flu activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Experts say there may have been a greater spread of respiratory viruses during Thanksgiving gatherings and at crowded airports.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there have been at least 78,000 hospitalizations and 4,500 deaths from the flu so far this season.
Among the dead are at least 14 children.
The problem with flu and RSV, they say, is that the viruses put more constraints on emergency services than other emergencies, such as heart attacks or strokes, and so we need to carefully control transmission.
Senator Schumer on Sunday called on the Human Rights Administration to prepare emergency rooms with the doctors and nurses they need.
“Our emergency rooms are almost flooded, where we keep ours, and we’re above water, but we’re seeing where we would normally see 200 kids in a 24-hour period, day in and day out. We saw Schumer today – 300 children. “
As the holiday season approaches, health officials are urging you to be cautious when entering your home and holding gatherings.
If you get your flu shot now, you can get that protection before the Christmas and New Year holidays.
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