Health officials say early winter virus calls for vigilance

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Top California officials say early arrival of winter virus warrants caution

California state health officials warned Tuesday that the early arrival of the flu, respiratory syncytial virus known as RSV, and a surge in COVID cases indicate an extreme need for caution during the holiday and winter season. “As we prepare for Thanksgiving and holiday gatherings, we need to be vigilant to prevent the rapid spread of cold viruses,” said state epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan. “It is concerning to see an increase in RSV and flu among infants, young children, and our elderly population. It is important that we are aware of prevention methods, but also how to care for loved ones at home, and mother- What are the symptoms fathers should be aware of to take care of their children.He said that people need to be aware of the symptoms of the virus and when to seek care.

State guidance issued Tuesday said most childhood respiratory illnesses are mild and resolve without the need for emergency care or hospitalization if a child has symptoms of rapid breathing, runny nose, If there are irregularities such as head bobbing, grunting, people should seek professional evaluation immediately. , or wheezing or pauses in breathing; Signs of dehydration such as a gray or blue color to the tongue, lips, or skin, a significant decrease in activity and alertness, a fever over 104 for babies and any fever for babies under 12 weeks of age.

Testing for RSV is not always necessary, the guidance states. Unlike COVID-19, testing for RSV generally does not change the way doctors manage individual patients with the disease and treatment is based on the symptoms a person is experiencing.

Critical time period to ensure enough hospital beds for children in Santa Clara County

County officials said Tuesday that the next two months are critical for Santa Clara County to make sure it has enough hospital beds to meet the demand for sick children. Throughout the Bay Area, health systems have been strained by a significant increase in flu and respiratory viruses. A trifecta of diseases spreading — COVID, RSV and the flu — shows no signs of slowing, Santa Clara health officials said at a news conference as they urged the public to take precautions — including vaccinations, wearing masks indoors and maintaining social distancing in at-risk groups – to protect their families. “We don’t want a shortage of beds in Santa Clara County, especially pediatric beds for children who develop RSV,” said county supervisor Cindy Chavez. “The next two months are going to be critical.” Dr. Jeffrey Smith, the county executive officer, noted that the holiday period is risky with spikes in infection rates reported soon after the spikes in the past two years. He expects this trend to continue this year as well. “COVID is still here,” he said. “We need to reinforce the need for vaccinations and boosters. And we are still recommending masks and social distancing.”

The White House has ramped up efforts to promote people

The Biden administration on Tuesday stepped up its push to persuade people to get booster shots as the winter holiday travel season approaches, focusing on older adults and minorities and rural residents, all of whom have been hit hardest by COVID-19. A collision has occurred. The White House announced a six-week campaign to encourage people to get their updated shots and “help avoid thousands of preventable COVID-19 deaths.” The effort comes as health officials struggle to get more than a fraction of people to update their shots with the latest boosters that target both Omicron strains and older versions of the coronavirus. The new effort includes community outreach and informational efforts, more pop-up and mobile vaccination sites, and more flexible ordering options to help rural and remote areas get vaccine supplies, the White House said. It also includes $350 million to boost community health center efforts and $125 million for options such as accessible immunization clinics, home immunizations, transportation for the disabled and elderly. White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci emphasized that the effectiveness of vaccines diminishes over time and highlighted that the coronavirus is an unusual foe because new variants emerge every few months.

Parting words to Fauci: Get your COVID shots

Dr. Anthony Fauci at the final White House press briefing Tuesday outlined the vaccine science that former President Donald Trump and others have cast in doubt during the pandemic. The bottom line from the nation’s top infectious disease expert: Vaccines against COVID have been proven safe and effective. “My message – and my last message, probably the last message I give to you from this podium – is that please, for your own safety, for your family’s sake, get your updated COVID-19 shot as soon as you are eligible.” You, your family and your community,” he said.

Fauci is leaving the government at the end of the year, stepping down from his position as White House medical adviser and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Fauci’s parting message encouraged people to push back against misinformation and its “relentless” advocates. “Those who speak on the basis of evidence and data need to speak up more,” he added. A trusted voice during the pandemic, Fauci also became the butt of derision from vaccine deniers and conservative Congress members. He endured violent threats against himself and his family. Regarding his service under seven presidents and 54 years of government records, including the fight against AIDS and Ebola, Fauci said he “gave it all to me for decades.”

“I’ll let other people judge the worth or not of my achievements, but I’d like people to remember what I’ve done, is that every day for all those years I’ve given everything I’ve had And I’ve never left anything on the ground. White House COVID-19 coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha suggested that Fauci has been “the most important, consequential public servant” in the United States in the last half century. Says he will “continue to advance science and public health and inspire and mentor the next generation of scientific leaders.”

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