Patients hospitalized with the flu nearly double in one week
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), close to 20 thousand people were admitted to the hospital last week due to complications with the virus. Health officials say that number is almost up double from the previous week.
The locations where flu activity seems to have the highest activity at this point of the season are places in the South, from Texas to Virginia.
The CDC says as of this point in the season 78 thousand people have been hospitalized, while some 45 hundred people have now died from the illness.
Health officials say the problem could get even worse as with people getting ready to travel and attend parties where they will come into contact with a host of people during the holidays.
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra has released a letter showing hospitals ways they can use the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration when dealing with flu cases.
Leaders overseeing children’s health have requested an updated emergency declaration to specifically tackle the flu and RSV.