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 News3LV.com, 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.