RSV, flu, COVID-19 cases could overwhelm Michigan hospitals – Detroit Free Press

by | Nov 6, 2022 | COVID-19

It’s been dubbed the “tripledemic,” the threat of three viral infections — influenza, RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and coronavirus — pummeling the state all at once.Both Michigan and national health leaders say they’re concerned that the triple whammy could converge upon us in the weeks ahead as new coronavirus variants gain ground, spreading along with other seasonal viruses.“We have not only flu, RSV and COVID, which have all the attention right now, but we have rhinovirus and parainfluenza and other coronaviruses,” said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, chief medical executive of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday it will issue an alert to thousands of health care providers nationally about the huge spike in cases of RSV, along with a rise in flu cases amid an underlying coronavirus pandemic.More:Macomb County boy dies from RSV as Michigan pediatric hospitals fill with sick kidsMore:Wave of Michigan RSV cases taxes pediatric hospitals Hospitals, short on staff already, struggling with viral waveIt’s a recipe for overwhelmed hospitals.Statewide, pediatric intensive care hospital beds are now 89% full, according to data from the Michigan Health and Hospital Association and the state health department. Many of them are being used to care for children sick with RSV, which can cause severe illness and, rarely, death in young children, people who are immunocompromised and people age 65 and older.“Hospitals are here for Michiganders, particularly in emergencies,” Dr. Gary Roth, chief medical officer of the hospital association, said in a statement. “But our capacity to provide pediatric hospital care is extremely strained. Right now, the staffing challenges we have been sounding the alarms about all year combined with rapid spread of re …

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