Delaware officials concerned about the impact a ‘Tripledemic’ of respiratory viruses

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The Delaware The Department of Public Health (DPH) is concerned with the increase in respiratory viruses in the state, especially influenza (influenza) and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). In the week from October 16, 2022, to October 22, 2022, there were 44 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza, compared to 19 in the previous week, bringing the statewide total of cases for the season that began on October 2 to 69. . That same week, there were 98 cases of RSV, for a total season of 250. As COVID-19 continues to spread, DPH officials are concerned about the impact of the “triple pandemic” of these respiratory viruses on the state’s public health. and hospital capacity.

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Dr Rick, interim director of the Department of Public Health, Dr Rick said: “We are managing the response to three serious respiratory viruses simultaneously – influenza, RSV, and COVID-19 – and are very concerned about the impact that increased cases could have on a strained hospital system. Already”. Hong. “Our primary message is to stay home if you are sick. Fortunately, a flu and COVID-19 vaccine is available, and now is the time to make sure all eligible Delaware residents receive these very important vaccinations including the new bivalent COVID-19 booster to provide them with the latest Protection against circulating variants. Unfortunately, no vaccine for RSV is available and the current increase in cases across Delaware and the state emphasizes the need to carefully follow prevention measures for these seasonal viruses.”

Symptoms of influenza and COVID-19 are similar, including fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, tiredness (tiredness), sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches or body aches and headache. Other signs and symptoms of COVID-19 that are different from the flu include a change or loss of your sense of taste or smell. If you are sick, the best thing to do is to call your health care provider to see if you should get tested for COVID-19 or come for a visit. Even if you tested for COVID-19 at home and the test was negative, consider retesting in a couple of days, or check with your provider to see if you need a flu test.

RSV is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms including fever, cough, congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and in infants, discomfort and malnutrition. It then progresses to more severe symptoms such as rapid, short, or wheezing breathing, and in infants and young children, snoring sounds when breathing, bruising of the chest while breathing, and the skin turning purple or blue due to lack of oxygen. While people of any age can be infected with RSV, it is more common in children under the age of two and can be severe, especially in infants and the elderly. Most people recover within one to two weeks.

Delaware residents can help prevent the spread of RSV, COVID-19, influenza and other respiratory illnesses by following these simple steps:

  1. Get vaccinated against COVID-19, influenza and other diseases for which vaccines are available
  2. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and dispose of it in the trash afterwards
  3. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers
  4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  5. Sanitize frequently touched surfaces during fall and winter
  6. Wear a mask when cases are high or if you are at higher risk of respiratory illness

The Delaware hospital system is under stress right now, and emergency department (ED) wait times can be long. DPH wants to remind Delawareans when to visit the ED or call 911.

ED visit:

  • Difficulty breathing or wheezing that cannot be well controlled with asthma medications
  • unusual drowsiness or confusion
  • stiff neck and fever
  • A cut that does not stop the bleeding
  • broken bone
  • chest tightness or pain
  • High blood pressure accompanied by other symptoms, such as chest pain or severe headache
  • drug overdose
  • Head injury with vomiting, drowsiness, fainting, or seizure
  • eye injury
  • serious burn
  • Are at risk of harming themselves or others

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Do not visit ED:

  • Need a COVID-19 test
  • You don’t feel better but you can control your symptoms with over-the-counter medicines
  • Hypertension without Other symptoms
  • Runny nose/cough without difficulty breathing
  • Fever with mild symptoms
  • Muscle soreness or back pain
  • Minor cuts or scrapes
  • Nausea or diarrhea without abdominal pain



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