Respiratory Illness Activity ‘Very High’ in Illinois. Masks Encouraged as COVID Rises, Flu Spreads

Nationwide emergency room wait times have risen and hospitals are experiencing an increased strain on resources, with both brought on by a “tripledemic” – a term that describes a simultaneous surge in the respiratory viruses flu, COVID and RSV. With all three illnesses circulating at the same time, the director of the Centers for Disease … Read more

Latest line: A good week for anti-vaxxers, a bad week for Golden Gate Bridge district

Anti-vaxxers Under Elon Musk’s sweeping layoffs, social media giant Twitter announces it will no longer enforce its policy against posting COVID misinformation, raising concerns among public health experts.         Golden Gate Bridge District A steel suicide prevention net on San Francisco’s famed bridge, four years behind schedule, will cost $398 million, more … Read more

San Jose church won’t have to pay pandemic-related contempt-of-court fines

SANTA CLARA COUNTY – The California Supreme Court on Wednesday denied Santa Clara County’s petition to reinstate more than $200,000 in contempt-of-court fines levied against a San Jose church for defying public health orders during the pandemic. As a result, a Sixth District Court of Appeal ruling issued over the summer will stand. That ruling … Read more

Chinese University Students Sent Home Amid Protests

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese universities are sending students home as the ruling Communist Party tightens anti-virus controls and tries to prevent more protests after crowds angered by its severe “zero COVID” restrictions called for President Xi Jinping to resign in the biggest show of public dissent in decades. With police out in force, there was … Read more

As Illinois’ COVID-19 Cases Climb, Officials Issue Safety Guidance for Thanksgiving

Illinois health officials reported 14,388 new COVID-19 cases since Nov. 16, along with 59 additional deaths over the past seven days. The metrics are reflective of a slight increase, as the state saw 13,659 new COVID-19 cases and 48 deaths in the previous week. Officials also noted 21 counties stand at an elevated level of … Read more

RSV is Surging as Cases of Flu, COVID Are Rising. Should We Be Wearing Masks?

Health experts in Chicago and across the country since October have been expressing concern that an “explosion” of respiratory viruses — RSV, influenza and COVID — would start to appear this fall and winter as cases of each continue to rise. “With the combination of the disappearance of mitigation measures, the early influenza and RSV … Read more

‘Winter trifecta’: Pediatricians break down how to know if your child has the flu, COVID or RSV

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Multiple respiratory viruses are circulating across the country sending children to emergency rooms. On Monday, a child under age 5 died from RSV in California. ABC7 News reporter Luz Pena spoke to multiple pediatricians who helped break down how you can know if your child has the flu or RSV, and … Read more

What to Know About Quarantine, Isolation and Testing for COVID Ahead of the Holidays

With concerns of a “tripledemic” on the rise ahead of the holiday season, and several Chicago-area counties under heightened COVID alert levels, what should you know if you test positive for COVID or come into contact with someone who has? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued changes to its COVID guidelines over the … Read more

Pfizer study says updated COVID vaccine boosters rev up protection

Pfizer’s updated COVID-19 booster significantly revved up adults’ virus-fighting antibodies, the company said Friday, releasing early findings from a rigorous study of the new shots. Booster doses tweaked to target the most common omicron strain rolled out in early September, and the Food and Drug Administration said the latest data should spur more Americans to … Read more