Doctors describe “an explosion of flu”; virus overtakes COVID in hospitals

Doctors describe “an explosion of flu”;  virus overtakes COVID in hospitals

RALEIGH, North Carolina — In some hospitals in the Triangle region, more patients are being treated for influenza than for COVID-19 in recent days. Last week, flu cases accounted for about 5% of all people admitted to hospitals in the state. “COVID is trending down; flu is going up dramatically,” said Dr. David Weber, infectious … Read more

Doctors describe “an explosion of flu”; virus overtakes COVID in hospitals

Doctors describe “an explosion of flu”;  virus overtakes COVID in hospitals

RALEIGH, North Carolina — In some hospitals in the Triangle region, more patients are being treated for influenza than for COVID-19 in recent days. Last week, flu cases accounted for about 5% of all people admitted to hospitals in the state. “COVID is trending down; flu is going up dramatically,” said Dr. David Weber, infectious … Read more

COVID Superspreader events still exist. Here’s what they look like now.

COVID Superspreader events still exist.  Here’s what they look like now.

We haven’t heard much about Superspreader events over the past year, mostly because we weren’t really looking for them. The United States has canceled and reduced its testing and contact tracing programs in early 2022, and in doing so, we lost track of the extent of COVID. But if you’ve dated or heard stories of … Read more

Omicron’s Newest BQ.1.1 Subvariant Shows Extraordinary Immune Evasion Potential Against Vaccine Sera

Omicron’s Newest BQ.1.1 Subvariant Shows Extraordinary Immune Evasion Potential Against Vaccine Sera

In a recent study published on bioRxiv* preprint server, researchers searched for immunological evidence of why the prevalence of BQ.1.1 has rapidly increased in areas where Omicron BA.5 was dominant in the United States (USA). Study: Substantial neutralization escape by Omicron variant BQ.1.1 of SARS-CoV-2. Image Credit: Naeblys/Shutterstock Background Studies have shown that the frequency … Read more

Omicron’s Newest BQ.1.1 Subvariant Shows Extraordinary Immune Evasion Potential Against Vaccine Sera

Omicron’s Newest BQ.1.1 Subvariant Shows Extraordinary Immune Evasion Potential Against Vaccine Sera

In a recent study published on bioRxiv* preprint server, researchers searched for immunological evidence of why the prevalence of BQ.1.1 has rapidly increased in areas where Omicron BA.5 was dominant in the United States (USA). Study: Substantial neutralization escape by Omicron variant BQ.1.1 of SARS-CoV-2. Image Credit: Naeblys/Shutterstock Background Studies have shown that the frequency … Read more

Rise in RSV hits children’s hospitals across US

Rise in RSV hits children’s hospitals across US

Children’s hospitals across the country are dealing with an increase in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) cases, stressing health services and millions of parents with sick children. RSV is a common and usually mild illness, but millions of children are at risk later in life due to the coronavirus pandemic. Babies locked up during the pandemic … Read more

Rise in RSV hits children’s hospitals across US

Rise in RSV hits children’s hospitals across US

Children’s hospitals across the country are dealing with an increase in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) cases, stressing health services and millions of parents with sick children. RSV is a common and usually mild illness, but millions of children are at risk later in life due to the coronavirus pandemic. Babies locked up during the pandemic … Read more

Proof of Covid vaccination still required to enter America in 2023

Proof of Covid vaccination still required to enter America in 2023

Travelers to the US will still need proof of a Covid vaccination in 2023 – making the US the only western country to abide by the failing policy. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has extended the rule, which only applies to non-US citizens, until at least January 8 next year to “limit the risk of … Read more

Flu hospitalization rate highest in a decade, children and seniors most at risk

Flu hospitalization rate highest in a decade, children and seniors most at risk

The United States is facing the highest flu hospitalization rates in more than a decade, with children and the elderly being most at risk, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Influenza and respiratory syncytial virus had receded during the Covid-19 pandemic thanks to mitigation measures such as masks and social distancing. But … Read more

Who should get the flu shot and why? Our medical analyst explains

Who should get the flu shot and why?  Our medical analyst explains

CNN — Welcome to this year’s flu season. This year’s flu strain has already started spreading in the United States, according to new data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There have been at least 880,000 flu cases, nearly 7,000 hospitalizations and, tragically, 360 flu deaths this fall, including one pediatric … Read more