Flu, Covid cases expected to rise in Utah


ogden -The number of COVID-19 diagnoses remains above numbers seen over the summer, but some doctors are now also seeing early symptoms of the flu.

The overall numbers are actually down a bit from last week, but hospitalizations are up, and we’re heading into what is typically a busy time for upper respiratory illnesses.

Doctors say now is the time to prepare.

It’s not the kind of thing we like to talk about, but as Dr David Cope points out, Covid remains a real problem.

“The flow of COVID has been pretty steady over the past few weeks. A week or two ago, we were seeing a little bit more than we are now,” Cope said from his office in Ogden.

Dr. Cope

Dr. David Cope of Ogden. (KSL TV)

For most people this is far less of a risk.

“Like many diseases, some people get it and don’t get very sick, and then they think, ‘Oh, it’s not that big a deal,'” Cope said. “But you don’t have to look very far to find someone who has had it and who actually got sick from it and ended up in the hospital.”

That is why he says that we should protect ourselves for the safety of others. The latest Covid vaccines are designed to deal with the variants we are seeing now.

“It’s been a long time since people got their last round of the vaccine and the lifespan of natural immunity is also short, so those things are contributing to more people getting infected,” said Josh Benton, an upper respiratory disease epidemiologist with the Utah Department of Health. ” Health and Human Services.

“We are seeing higher hospitalizations than in the past few months. It’s certainly not as much as during the peak of the pandemic, but you want to protect yourself from it with all the tools you have,” Benton said.

Besides, other upper respiratory diseases have also started increasing.

That is why he said that we should protect ourselves for the safety of others.

Besides, other upper respiratory diseases have also started increasing.

“We’ve seen a fair amount of influenza,” Cope said. Mostly influenza A, but generally we say, ‘Get your vaccine in October because we expect a surge in November, December, January.'”

You can also get some of the latest batches of free at-home COVID tests. This is also a good time to get the RSV vaccine for older and younger populations who may be more susceptible.

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