With summer ending, doctors are gearing up for what is expected to be a busy fall and winter with a convergence of three viruses.
Three respiratory viruses are the most concerning right now. COVID hospitalizations are low but have increased for six weeks in a row and there’s a new variant labeled as “highly transmissible.”
Doctors are calling it a trifecta of infections ready to pounce as the temperatures drop. Some are already masking to guard against a COVID-19 comeback.
“I go to Trader Joe’s all the time and I wear a mask. So I figured, if I wear a mask, the chances are somewhat less than I get infected by this thing,” Daniel Berman said.
Experts say the three infections — RSV, influenza and COVID-19 — are expected to circulate in the U.S. over the next few months.
“We see changing patterns of people going back to school, people being indoors and in close proximity to each other and that is what usually kicks off respiratory virus season,” Anne Rimoin, an epidemiologist, said.
A former White House advisor says people should take COVID-19 more seriously.
“We’ve never gotten to zero. The hospital admissions have never got to zero. Now we’re living in a bit of a fantasy world where we’re pretending that COVID is not relevant,” Dr. Deborah Birx, who was on the former White House Coronavirus Response Task Force, said.