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Warmer Winter Has Translated to Lower Levels of Respiratory Illnesses

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With unseasonable warmth on tap for much of the central U.S. this week, there is a definite feeling of spring in the air. The end of the winter season is also being felt by illness trackers that have indicated that it is likely that respiratory viruses across the U.S. have peaked in the past few weeks.

Here is what the latest report is demonstrating and what it means for your personal health.

Measures of Respiratory Virus Activity Trending Downward

The dead of winter following the holidays is when cold and flu season typically ramps up in the U.S. According to the latest data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), key measures of activity of respiratory viruses in the country has been trending downward for a few weeks.

While virus levels remain elevated throughout much of the U.S., the CDC believes that the worst of the season is in the rearview mirror.

What do the numbers say? The data indicates that flu hospitalization rates were down about half when compared to the peak at the end of December. COVID-19 hospitalization rates are also trending about a third lower when compared to their estimated peak.

The CDC is warning that now is not the time to let down your guard. COVID-19 viral levels measured in wastewater remain high. These measurements are particularly high in the southern tier of the nation.


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