‘Viral jambalaya’: early flu adds to woes for US hospitals – Thelocalreport.in

As Americans head into the holiday season, a rapidly intensifying flu season is overloading hospitals already overloaded with patients sick with other respiratory infections.

More than half of the states have high or very high levels of flu, unusually high for this early in the season, the reported the government Friday. Those 27 states are mostly in the South and Southwest, but include growing numbers in the Northeast, Midwest, and West.

This is happening as children’s hospitals are already dealing with a surge in illness from RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, a common cause of cold-like symptoms that can be severe for infants and the elderly. And COVID-19 continues to contribute to more than 3,000 hospital admissions each day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In Atlanta, Dr. Mark Griffiths describes the mix as a “viral jambalaya.” He said children’s hospitals in his area have at least 30% more patients than usual for this time of year, and many patients are forced to wait in emergency rooms for beds to open.

“I tell parents that COVID was the ultimate harasser. It harassed all the other viruses for two years,” said Griffiths, emergency medical director at a Children’s Health Care of Atlanta center hospital.

With COVID-19 rates dropping, “they’re coming back in full force,” he said.

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