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Rising COVID-19 Hospitalizations Ahead of Holiday Travel Peak: CDC Highlights Concerns Over Respiratory Viruses

Weekly hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have surged as the nation approaches a holiday travel peak, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The week concluding on November 18 saw new coronavirus hospital admissions surpassing 18,100, marking an almost 10% increase from the previous week.

In its Monday report, the CDC highlighted an additional concern—heightened cases of respiratory syncytial virus, especially among children, and a rising national incidence of influenza. Despite these spikes in various respiratory illnesses, the CDC assured that hospital bed occupancy, including intensive care units, remains stable across the nation.

This marks the second consecutive week of rising COVID-19 hospitalizations, following a period of relative decline or stability over approximately two months. The increase is being closely monitored by federal officials and health experts, anticipating a “moderate” winter wave of the coronavirus.

The reception of the updated COVID-19 vaccine has been less than optimal, with only about 15% of adults opting for the latest shot. While public concerns over COVID-19 may be diminishing as the U.S. enters its fourth holiday season with the virus, the CDC strongly recommends that individuals aged 6 months and older receive the updated COVID-19 vaccine to safeguard against potentially severe outcomes during the fall and winter.

Historically, coronavirus cases tend to spike after holiday gatherings and travel. The Transportation Security Administration reported that Sunday marked the busiest air travel day on record, underscoring the potential for increased virus transmission during the ongoing holiday season.

Jake Massey
Jake Massey
Journalist at the Medialinker Group
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