Influenza, Covid-19, syncytial virus: the United States faces a triple epidemic threat

The symptoms can be similar from one disease to another, which does not facilitate detection. And while most patients recover within a week or two, certain populations like young children or the elderly are at risk of developing severe cases. “We are seeing the highest rate of flu-related hospitalizations in a decade”, underlined the head of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Two children died.

It’s still unclear whether the flu virus circulating this year is causing more severe cases of the disease, experts say, but the epidemic season started particularly early. And the United States still registers more than 270,000 cases of Covid-19 per week. The pressure on hospitals is currently greatest in the northeastern states on the American side and in the state of Washington (Northwest), said Dawn O’Connell, of the United States Department of Health.