Central New York and the Finger Lakes is experiencing a significant increase in respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus), and Influenza. This rise, commonly referred to as the ‘Triple Threat,’ has been escalating since Thanksgiving.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the nation has seen over seven million flu-related illnesses, leading to 73,000 hospitalizations and approximately 4,500 deaths. These figures continue to rise, with indicators showing high and increasing rates of infection.
Health officials are emphasizing the severity of the situation in Central New York. They say that only one in five people in the region have received the updated COVID-19 or RSV vaccines, and just two in five have been vaccinated against this year’s flu strain.
Health officials across the spectrum strongly recommends that people get vaccinated and also advises regular handwashing and wearing masks in crowded public places as additional preventive measures.
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