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Holiday viral exchange could worsen Minnesota's flu, RSV, COVID numbers

 

December 2, 2022

Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune file

The worst of the respiratory virus season is likely coming in Minnesota, infectious disease experts predicted, despite a recent decline in hospitalizations of children with RSV.

The worst of the respiratory virus season is likely coming in Minnesota, infectious disease experts predicted Thursday, despite a recent decline in hospitalizations of children with RSV.

The 355 influenza-related hospitalizations in Minnesota in the week ending Nov. 26 was an increase from 319 a week earlier, according to the state's update on Thursday. That trajectory means Minnesota, at best, is a month or two ahead of typical flu patterns or, at worst, is on the precipice of a severe viral season.

"Things are going to get worse before they get better," said Patsy Stinchfield, a Children's Minnesota nurse practitioner and president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

https://www.startribune.com/holiday-viral-exchange-could-worsen-minnesotas-flu-rsv-covid-numbers/600231965/

 

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