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RSV recedes and flu peaks as a new COVID variant shoots 'up like a rocket'

9 Jan 2023 5:45 PM | Deborah Hodges (Administrator)

As the new year begins and the depths of inter approach, U.S. infectious disease experts monitoring the "tripledemic" stew of viruses that have been plaguing the country say there's good news — and bad.

The good news is the worst appears to be over from the RSV surge that has been making life miserable for many children and their parents. RSV cases have been falling steadily since the end of November, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At the same time, the flu — which also came roaring back this fall after mostly disappearing for the previous two years — looks like it's finally receding in most places, according to the latest data out Friday from the CDC.

"In a couple areas, we're seeing activity increase or plateau," Dr. Shikha Garg, a medical epidemiologist at the CDC, told NPR in an interview Friday. "But in most areas, it's been declining."

The virus posing the biggest threat right now is — you guessed it — the one that causes COVID-19.

COVID "concerns us most" in the days and weeks ahead

"We're seeing sustained increases of COVID infections across the nation," Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, told NPR in an interview. "So COVID is the thing that concerns us most as we look at the days and weeks ahead."

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