United States: The number of cases related to respiratory illnesses has been increasing at a very rapid pace across the United States. However, the cases have been increasing at an immeasurable speed in approximately eight US states, according to the map representation shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It is to be noted that the health agency revealed that activities related to respiratory illness witnessed a surge in all eight states following the New Year’s celebration.
Which eight states are most vulnerable?
The maps by CDC showed that all the eight states are:
- The Carolinas
- New Mexico
- New York
These states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reported the highest levels of infections of respiratory illnesses – COVID-19, influenza, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), on the week ending on December 30
Along with these eight states, some of the states of the United States have been witnessing low to moderate rates of respiratory illness, including Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, the central Midwest, Oregon, and Vermont.
As per the CDC, the evaluation has been done on the basis of the percentage of visits to healthcare providers after getting infected due to cough, sore throat, and fever, according to reports by Newsweek.
The visits to the Emergency Department have also witnessed a spike in all age groups with an increase in COVID-19 and influenza. It is to be noted that the viruses are responsible for 3 percent and 5.2 percent, respectively.
The health officials have mentioned that it was expected that the number of cases would increase during the winter season as colder temperatures provide an appropriate place for viruses and other infections to spread. Another reason behind more infections is low immunity during the cold weather.
Mask mandates by US States
To protect the general public and its healthcare workers, some US states have reinstated mask mandates in healthcare institutions, especially near patient care centers. The states are as follows:
- New York City, and
- Washington DC
Increasing respiratory illnesses across the US
Health experts have mentioned that infections because of COVID-19 have been experiencing a rise during the winter season, and the test positivity rate has risen up to 12.4 percent. However, the infection rate of RSV has been witnessing a decrease after reaching its peak during October and November. The latest positivity rate of RSV infection is 10.2 percent.