Los Angeles: The United States is seeing an increase in influenza and coronavirus infections across the country, with respiratory illnesses particularly on the rise among young children.
The number of people testing positive for the new coronavirus and being hospitalized with severe symptoms is increasing.
About 10% of coronavirus tests reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the latest week ending November 25 came back positive, Xinhua News Agency reported, citing CDC data. It is said that it was shown.
Emergency department visits diagnosed with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) increased by more than 10% in the recent week compared to the previous week.
The number of coronavirus hospitalizations reached nearly 20,000 in the week ending Nov. 25, an increase of 10%, according to CDC data.
The coronavirus continues to cause the most hospitalizations and deaths of any respiratory disease, with about 15,000 people hospitalized and about 1,000 dying each week, CDC Director Mandy Cohen said. .
Meanwhile, influenza rates are rising, with a national test positivity rate of 6% and 4,268 hospitalizations for the week ending Nov. 25, according to CDC data.
Eight children and nearly 1,100 adults have died from influenza-related causes so far this season, according to the CDC’s latest influenza summary.
The CDC said in its weekly report that seasonal influenza activity continues to increase in most regions of the country, particularly in the South Central, Southeast, Mountain and West Coast regions.
Emergency department visits and hospitalizations for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) continue to increase nationwide.
According to the CDC, RSV-related hospitalization rates remain high among young children and are increasing among older adults.
Respiratory syncytial virus is a highly contagious virus that causes lung and respiratory tract infections in people of all ages.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, RSV is a common cause of lower respiratory tract illness in older adults, which can affect the lungs and cause life-threatening pneumonia and bronchiolitis.
The CDC is monitoring a recently reported increase in respiratory illnesses in children, including a possible increase in the incidence of childhood pneumonia in parts of the United States.
The agency recommends that people 6 months and older receive both the influenza and COVID-19 vaccines to prevent the most serious health effects of the virus in the fall and winter.