Flu at its peak in U.S. cities
The numbers are consistent, with nearly three patients hospitalized with the flu for every 100,000 who have contracted the virus at this time, which is the highest rate since 2010.
U.S. hospitals are facing the highest rate of flu-related hospitalizations in more than a decade, with children and the elderly most at risk, CNBC reported Friday, November 4, citing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“Influenza and respiratory syncytial virus had receded during the COVID-19 pandemic because of prevention measures such as mask-wearing and social distancing. Now that people are starting to return to normal routines and see each other without masks, the viruses are back with a vengeance,” CNBC reported.
According to CDC data, this year, at least 1.6 million people have fallen ill with the flu, 13,000 have been hospitalized, and 730 have died.
“About three patients are hospitalized with influenza for every 100,000 people who have contracted the virus now, which is the highest rate since 2010,” the channel continued.
According to the same source, the current rate of hospitalizations is nearly five times the rate seen during the last pre-pandemic flu season in 2019.
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