Rising cases of COVID-19 are hardly a surprise to the many experts who predicted we would experience a surge this winter. Health officials are also warning there will be an uptick of RSV and influenza as well. "We must not forget we are entering respiratory season, it's called respiratory season because we see a greater number of respiratory infections," Dr. Javeed Siddiqui MD/MPH, Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer at TeleMed2U tells Eat This, Not That! Health. "There's a misconception that SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19 has disappeared. It absolutely has not disappeared. In addition we are seeing cases of influenza and we are seeing a significant number of cases of RSV in children." . . .
Brad Hutton, M.P.H., Public Health Consultant and Infectious Disease Epidemiologist with Hutton Health Consulting explains, "While COVID-19 is causing many fewer deaths in 2022 than in the first two years of the pandemic, more than 400 people are still dying on average each day from COVID-19 in the U.S. since June 2022. This is more than double what we see for flu during a severe season. While our population has much more underlying immunity from vaccination and prior infection which is helping prevent COVID-19 deaths, unvaccinated individuals still have a six-fold higher risk of dying from COVID-19 than those who have completed a primary vaccine series."