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Escalation in Influenza and COVID Cases: A Close Examination of Anderson-area Statistics and Preventive Approaches

The last week of December witnessed South Carolina and Louisiana at the zenith of flu activity across the United States, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A surge in the incidence of influenza and other respiratory diseases has been observed in the Anderson region. Specifically, the first three weeks of December saw a noticeable boost in both flu and COVID inpatient admissions at AnMed.

It is surmised that the holiday season might be a significant factor in these numbers, given the heightened level of travel, social gatherings, and activities, all leading to a greater likelihood of flu and COVID transmission. As positional experts in infection-control, AnMed’s team is keeping a keen eye on the evolving situation and its potential ramifications on the healthcare system. Although there has been no formal shift in hospital policy as of yet, the CDC has recommended curbing hospital visits as a safeguard against health risks. Accordingly, AnMed is urging local residents to minimize patient visits and ensure the usage of facemasks within health facilities.

The healthcare system also advises that individuals exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness such as fever, cough, sneezing, runny nose, or sore throat should refrain from visiting hospital patients. CDC’s recent study reveals that about 8% of the nation’s population succumbs to flu each year. This ailment is non-discriminatory, affecting anyone oblivious of age. However, the impact of ill-health can set off serious secondary consequences for individuals aged 65 years or more, individuals with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease, or those in pregnancy.

Source: https://www.independentmail.com/story/news/local/2024/01/02/flu-cases-rise-in-south-carolina-anmed-cautions-hospital-visitors/72082827007/

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