Bay Area health officials said Wednesday that a substantial increase in influenza and other respiratory virus activity since the start of the month has led to increased emergency room visits and is straining systems. health in the region.
“This is the first year where we are not only dealing with COVID, but also with increased influenza activity and unusually high levels of RSV,” said Santa Clara County Deputy Health Officer Dr. Sarah Rudman. , during a press briefing. “These are two other types of viruses that can also possibly cause the same respiratory symptoms as COVID, but can also cause severe respiratory illness – even fatal illness.”
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