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South Texas is getting hit hard by the flu; ways to protect yourself

Flu, RSV, COVID and the widespread chilly are all hitting individuals hard.

SAN ANTONIO — The vacation season is approaching, and ’tis the season for sicknesses, particularly the flu. 

With RSV, COVID, the flu and the widespread chilly floating round, discovering out what you’ve gotten is extraordinarily essential.

Dr. Jason Bowling, an infectious illness specialist with University Health, and Professor of Infectious Diseases with UT Health San Antonio, instructed us, “There are treatments available for both COVID and for influenza, and there are different antivirals. And it’s really important, particularly for people that are at high risk for severe disease.” 

A report by Flu View exhibits as of November 5, practically 14,000 constructive flu exams have been reported in the U.S. That is 12 instances the quantity reported at the identical time in 2019 earlier than the pandemic. 

Over the previous 5 weeks, about twice as many flu exams had been completed at labs nationwide in contrast to final year. That’s about 460,000 versus 254,000. More testing means extra instances will probably be tallied. 

Dr. Jan Patterson, an infectious illness specialist with each UT Health San Antonio and University Health instructed us, “Simply because we’re seeing more influenza. You know, for instance, at University Hospital in the last few weeks, they’ve seen more than 700 samples positive for use for influenza. And that’s an incredible number.”  

The newest CDC flu monitoring map confirmed the worst states in the southeast, with Texas very excessive too. Why is the south getting hit so hard? Dr. Patterson mentioned, “It just happens that certain regions, when they get a higher rate of infection, that kind of multiplies for a while and then it shifts to other areas. We saw the same thing with COVID.” 

To assist determine what you’ll have, with COVID, you will doubtless have a lack of style or scent, however not with flu, until you are congested. RSV signs are related to a chilly, however primarily have an effect on infants and the aged. A standard chilly lasts 5-7 days, the flu up to 10. 

The method to decide you probably have the flu, COVID, or RSV, is to get examined for all three. If all are adverse, it is doubtless a chilly. Dr. Bowling added, “If you have underlying medical problems, if you’re over 65, very young children can get really sick with flu.”  

Both docs additionally say should you nonetheless have not gotten both the newest COVID booster or the flu shot, now is the time to do it, and you may get them each at the identical time. 

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