Covid Levels Low. RSV, Not So Much!

Covid Levels Low. RSV, Not So Much!

Andrew Chuma No Comment
General Wellness

The good news is that Covid levels (infection, hospitalization and deaths) continue to drop. They are not as low as they were last summer, but certainly continuing on a downward trend.

That having been said, 1200 people per week are still dying from this infection so it is “nothing to sneeze at”! That’s 62,000 deaths a year. Close to one of the worst flu seasons in modern history. It is still in the top 10 causes of death in the US.

Despite earlier declines, RSV and other viral infections have surged again. 

I myself was a victim of something viral which evolved into something bacterial last week. I dropped my guard (I was feeling sorry for myself because of my broken leg), didn’t mask the way I should have been in the office and there you go! Down for the count for 2 days, fortunately over a weekend so my work was not impacted, just my down time!. The symptoms evolved but were always controllable and without a fever. Needless to say, I went immediately back to masking and will continue for the foreseeable future.

In speaking with my ER colleagues, there is plenty of viral disease still out there. Little Covid, but lots of other things. As warmer weather approaches, some of the seasonal infections should continue to taper back down again, but we are not there yet. Covid, which is not seasonal, will never leave.

So as the Easter weekend approaches, please be careful when shopping, preparing and getting together. 

If you are sick, stay home. If you are hosting, do your best to protect yourself as you prepare. It is not unreasonable to mask at the grocery store in the late afternoon or evening, when it’s packed with people. Or, shop early when the stores are emptier.

And if getting together with family and friends, it is also not unreasonable to test for Covid, whether you are symptomatic or not. Levels are low, but it’s still around, and as I mentioned above, 1200 deaths a week is still significant! And most of those are older and/or compromised individuals.

Have a wonderful, love-filled Easter and start to Spring.

Stay safe and be well.


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