Respiratory Illnesses are Elevated Across the Country
Published on: January 11, 2024.
With the conclusion of the holiday season, respiratory illnesses (such as flu and COVID) are on the rise. Compared to last year’s seasonal peaks, there are fewer severe COVID cases. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report a high level of COVID in community wastewater in every region. In the United States, the COVID JN.1 variant has become the most prevalent variant. Despite its resurgence, scientists state the latest wave is not as severe. The CDC also estimates there have been more than 7 million illnesses, 73,000 hospitalizations and 4,500 flu-related deaths this season.
Respiratory Illness Source: Respiratory Virus Data Channel Weekly Snapshot. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Reported January 5th, 2024.
State Levels: Respiratory Virus Activity Levels. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Data as of January 4th, 2024
COVID Source: COVID-19 Activity Increases as Prevalence of JN.1 Variant Continues to Rise. National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Reported January 5th, 2024.
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