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Health officials are predicting that this could be the worst cold and flu season in a decade, and they believe this because so many cases of RSV, Flu, COVID-19, and I.L.I. (influenza-like illness) are being reported this early in the season.

According to an article written Steve Wolford on, the Southern Nevada Health District has reported higher rates of flu-related hospitalizations week over week since November 12th. In fact, in their most recent report for the week ending November 28th, the number of flu-related hospitalizations was two times higher than the week ending November 19th, and four times higher than the week ending November 12th. 

The CDC and the SNHD both confirm that the practices that were drummed into our heads during the COVID-19 pandemic should still be practiced during times like these. They advise us to wash our hands often, stay away from anyone who is coughing, sneezing and blowing their nose a lot, and if possible, mask up. If you begin to feel flu-like symptoms, you should stay home to avoid spreading whichever strain of virus you have contracted.

The recent rise in the number of cases of influenza-like illnesses in Southern Nevada has caused more and more people to head to pharmacies to stock up on cold, cough, and flu remedies. You may be seeing some empty shelves in drug stores in the very near future. Per Wolford’s article, “Dr. Lyndsey van der Laan, an emergency medicine pediatrician at Siena Hospital says it’s still not too late to get a flu shot, especially if you have sick children in your household.”

So it appears it’s time to make a big pot of chicken soup and pass the tissue box because it’s going to be a long winter.


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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.

The Best Movies To Watch When You're Sick

Feeling under the weather? There’s nothing better than to be bundled up, stocking up on liquids while watching a beloved movie. According to Talker, results showed how respondents to a survey are optimizing their sick days with their favorite things. The average millennial parent to kids ages 4-12 watches five hours of TV or movies each sick day.  The most popular genre is rom-coms. Results revealed the 2,000 surveyed get sick about three times per year.

Respondents were more likely to prefer old favorites than to wrap their heads around a new show or movie. More than half (56%) of respondents have a go-to or favorite feel-good comfort movie. The average person said they can watch it four times in a row without getting sick of it. In fact, 45% of those admit they can watch it more than four times.

One in 10 of those (11%) say they can watch it “an infinite amount of times.” In total, respondents have watched their “feel-better” movie about 34 different times! Parents reported feeling relaxed (54%), happy (48%) and calm (40%) after watching their favorite movie. Almost two-thirds of parents agree that they’ve passed their love of their favorite movie along to their child.

“Nothing brings a family together quite like movie night, and nothing makes movie night better than a feel-good flick that fills you with warm, fuzzy feelings – especially when you’re sick. We understand that feeling better means more than just relieving your cough symptoms – it’s about cozying up on the couch as you and your family work to feel better together,” said Albert So, Marketing Director of Delsym.

“When a family member is under the weather, the entire household is caught in the storm and that daily routine can be thrown off course, bringing with it discomfort and chaos. Families not only need fast-acting relief, but they need comforting remedies to help them navigate that storm. Whether it’s mom’s chicken soup, your go-to feel-better movie or cozying up with your kids, whatever it is that makes you feel better can go a long way.

See below some of the study’s findings:

  • Action-Adventure Movies

    The Harry Potter series and The Hunger Games trilogy ranked highest in the survey for the best action-adventure film (36%). We’ve definitely watched the Sorcerer’s Stone over ten times since it came out in 2001.

  • Watching With Children

    When parents are sick with their children, the most popular movies to watch is, again, the Harry Potter series (32%). Harry Potter is tied with the Toy Story series. They also watch movies like Frozen (30%), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (28%) and Moana (25%).

  • Comfort Movie

    Comfort movies like School of Rock, The Devil Wears Prada and any Pixar-animated movie (let’s use Monsters Inc. as a great example the whole family can enjoy) are films that you’ve probably watched over and over and over again. And yet, they don’t get old. Of those surveyed, comfort movies have been respondents’ favorite movie for about six years because it reminds them of good times (61%) and makes them laugh (53%).

  • Favorites To Pass To Kids -- Movies

    Millennial parents grew up watching movies like Home Alone, Anastasia, Space Jam, Homeward Bound and The Road to El Dorado. 63% of parents agree that they’ve passed their love of their favorite movie along to their child.

  • Favorites To Pass To Kids -- TV Shows

    Growing up in the ’90s with Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel and basic cable gave millennial parents quite a LOT of television shows to choose from. Some of the best from the ’90s to early 2000s include Sailor Moon, Pokemon, Rolie Polie Olie, The Wild Thornberries and that freaky Zoboomafoo show about a lemur.

  • On Repeat -- Movies

    Some of our favorite movies that we can watch over and over again include The Big Lebowski, Kiki’s Delivery Service, the Rush Hour series (thanks Dad), True Grit and Mean Girls.

  • On Repeat -- TV Shows

    Some of our favorite shows that we can watch over and over again include Atlanta, Breaking Bad, True Detective and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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