According to U.S. health officials, the influenza virus is becoming more prevalent and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections, which can be particularly severe for children and older individuals, may be reaching their peak.
Dr. Mandy Cohen, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stated that COVID-19 remains the leading cause of hospitalizations and deaths among respiratory illnesses, with approximately 15,000 hospitalizations and 1,000 deaths occurring weekly.
The organization is investigating instances of pneumonia in children from two states. However, Cohen stated that there is no proof that these cases are caused by anything out of the ordinary.
The latest CDC report, released on Friday, revealed that 11 states, primarily in the South and Southwest regions, were experiencing high levels of flu-like illnesses in early November.
Over the past month, there has been a significant increase in RSV infections in certain regions of the country, resulting in a high volume of patients in hospital emergency departments in states like Georgia and Texas. However, according to Cohen, it is believed that we are either currently at or will soon reach the peak of RSV season.
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a frequent culprit for mild cold symptoms, but it can pose a serious threat to both infants and the elderly.
The topic of pneumonia cases in children was raised to Cohen, with specific mentions of Massachusetts and Warren County, Ohio, which is located near Cincinnati. Various factors can lead to this respiratory illness, including COVID-19, the flu, and RSV.
Health officials in Ohio have announced a total of 145 cases since August, with the majority of affected children recovering at home. According to officials, the illnesses were attributed to a range of common viruses and bacteria.
Officials in Massachusetts reported a slight rise in pneumonia cases among children, which is expected during this time of year.
Health officials in China have reported an increase in respiratory illnesses, citing the flu and other common factors as the cause.
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