RSV, Influenza and COVID-19: An update on respiratory illnesses

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As kids head back to school and weather starts to change respiratory illnesses will inevitably start to pick up. With that said, COVID-19 cases will go up as well.

According to the CDC’s situation update, there has been a 9.5% increase in hospital admissions this week compared to the week prior. There are currently 23 people hospitalized in St. Louis County due to COVID-19, only 6 of those are newly admitted this week.

Our Dr. Dylan says that this is no different than previous post-pandemic years. There are still cases, and we need to take measure to protect ourselves and others.

Wyatt, a physician at St. Lukes, also mentions that vaccination is still the best option for fighting COVID-19. He told us some exciting news as well; Medical professionals are now offering an RSV vaccine.

“They have been talking about this since I was in medical school, and now it’s here. This vaccine is going to save lives and protect our community.” Dr. Wyatt says that you should talk to your physician as there are availability concerns. Those up to 16 months old are the ones most recommended to get the vaccine.

The flu will also play its annual role in the spread of respiratory illness. Dr. Wyatt says getting the flu shot as soon as possible.

As always, it’s important to wash your hands, cover your cough and stay home when you are feeling under the weather.

Physicians nationwide have coined the term “tripledemic” regarding the upcoming RSV, Influenza and COVID-19 respiratory illness season.