Health officials warn of possible ‘tridemic’ of flu, COVID and RSV

This 1981 photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows an electron micrograph of Respiratory Syncytial Virus, also known as RSV. (CDC via AP)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Children’s hospitals in parts of the United States have seen a surge in a common respiratory illness.

Now, doctors are bracing for the possibility that respiratory syncytial virus, flu and COVID could combine to stress hospitals — what they are calling a ‘tridemic.’

“I’m calling it an emergency,” said Dr. Juan Salazar of Connecticut Children’s Hospital.

Doctors said RSV cases fell dramatically two years ago with pandemic restrictions put into place. In 2021, they saw an alarming increase.

The virus causes the most threat to infants, older adults and other vulnerable people, who can get serious airway and lung infections.

The Associated Press Contributed to this article.

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