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Flu, RSV and COVID-19 May Have Peaked But The Threat Isn’t Over


Emergency room visits related to three of the most disruptive viruses — the flu, respiratory syncytial virus and COVID-19 — are falling nationwide.

But does that mean the feared “tripledemic” is over? Hardly, experts say. Viruses are notoriously hard to forecast.

“We’ve all learned over the past couple years, when you try to predict COVID, you’ll get slapped in the face,” said Dr. Katie Passaretti, vice president and enterprise chief epidemiologist for Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Still, hospital emergency room visits for the biggest viral threats began to fall in December, with the decline continuing this month. This is especially true for flu.

Children got double viral infections

Trying to guess what flu will do between now and the end of flu season is “hazardous,” warned Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. “It is impossible to predict what will happen next.”

As most families already know, flu and other viruses have been especially hard on children compared with adults, according to a study published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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