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COVID plus the flu and the rise of RSV are putting Bay Area hospitals under strain

COVID plus the flu and the rise of RSV are putting Bay Area hospitals under strain

COVID plus the flu and the rise of RSV are putting Bay Area hospitals under strain

Bay Area health officials said Wednesday that there has been a significant increase in flu and other activity
respiratory viruses
since the beginning of the month, it has led to an increase in emergency room visits and is straining health systems across the region.

“This is the first year that we are not only dealing with COVID, but also with increased flu activity and unusually high levels of RSV,” said Dr. Sarah Rudman, Santa Clara County Deputy Health Officer, during a press briefing. “These are two other types of viruses that can also cause the same respiratory symptoms as COVID, but they can also cause severe respiratory illness — or even life-threatening illness.”

The
Santa Clara County
The Ministry of Health announced that the percentage of emergency room visits due to flu-like illnesses this year is three times higher than it was during the 2019-2020 flu season, before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the agency launched a
control panel with data on waste water
to monitor the concentration of influenza in the county – one of the first of its kind in the US

The tool, which is widely used to monitor levels of the coronavirus, serves as an early warning system for hospitals and healthcare systems.



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