Time to Mask Up

By | December 12, 2022
The inestimable Katelyn Jetelina (Your Local Epidemiologist) reports:

“Every Friday the CDC updates their “influenza-like illness (ILI)” data. This is a database in which providers tally patients that presented with ILI—a fever and a cough and/or sore throat—at their office. So these numbers include everything (flu, RSV, COVID-19, etc.) and are a general indication of the climate of respiratory of health in the United States.”

(Source: CDC)

“This level is truly unprecedented; we’ve never seen such high levels of ILI activity at this time of year. The map above is typically green … Yesterday, the CDC Director said: ‘hospitalizations are the highest now than they have been in the past decade.’ This is truly concerning given a backdrop of burnt out healthcare workers and low staff levels.”

You can read the entire article here. Suffice it to say: make sure you are fully boosted and wear a mask whenever feasible, particularly in public indoor spaces.