What is the “Tripledemic”?

By Adrienna Chew

The Winter of 2022-2022 is showing a rapid increase in Influenza, COVID, and now, RSV infections – the 3 infections being called the “tripledemic”

The CDC is reporting a rapid rise in cases of all 3 types of respiratory viruses – COVID, influenza, and now a mix of a third pathogen – respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) causing a “tripledemic.”  This Winter (2022-2023) everyone is at risk of getting 1,2, or even 3 infections at the same time which results in much more severe illness, risk of hospitalization, and death.

We already had COVID and the flu, but RSV also entered the picture this fall. RSV usually affects children but this winter, it is also affecting adults and the RSV hospitalization rate for seniors is 10 times higher than usual for this point in the season.

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