Health workers worry about impending COVID-19 surge amid flu season

Health workers worry about impending COVID-19 surge amid flu season

The New Hampshire Medical Society said Monday there are initial signs of a COVID-19 surge as colder weather arrives.The group’s latest COVID-19 update points to a rise in cases in the United States and the United Kingdom. Front-line health care workers said they’re concerned that this could be a rough season for COVID-19 and the flu. Health officials said the good news is that there are vaccines for both. “We’re seeing a lot of activity right now, especially seeing an uptick in interest in the new, updated booster,” said Brenden Rock, district manager of Rite-Aid.According to the medical society, COVID-19-related hospitalizations hit 151 for the week ending last Friday, up 30 from the week before. There were also 12 COVID-19-related deaths.State data on new cases isn’t as useful as it used to be because so many people are testing at home. Instead, communities such as Portsmouth are part of the state’s wastewater surveillance program that started in June. Levels of the virus in wastewater hit a high in late August and are now nearly at that point again, an early predictor that the virus is spreading.”We could be in for a very potentially severe flu season, combined with COVID that is still spreading,” Rock said. “In this year especially, communities are being fully opened back up and travel happening, which is different than the last couple of years.”The latest COVID-19 booster, which is updated for the currently circulating strains, is now available for people age 12 and older who had the original vaccine series. Pharmacies are booking appointments online.”You can receive your flu vaccine and the new COVID-19 updated booster vaccine at the same time, as well as it can be co-administered with any of our other vaccines,” Rock said.He said there is also a good supply of COVID-19 home test kits at pharmacies. Insurance covers the cost of up to eight tests per month.

The New Hampshire Medical Society said Monday there are initial signs of a COVID-19 surge as colder weather arrives.

The group’s latest COVID-19 update points to a rise in cases in the United States and the United Kingdom. Front-line health care workers said they’re concerned that this could be a rough season for COVID-19 and the flu.

Health officials said the good news is that there are vaccines for both.

“We’re seeing a lot of activity right now, especially seeing an uptick in interest in the new, updated booster,” said Brenden Rock, district manager of Rite-Aid.

According to the medical society, COVID-19-related hospitalizations hit 151 for the week ending last Friday, up 30 from the week before. There were also 12 COVID-19-related deaths.

State data on new cases isn’t as useful as it used to be because so many people are testing at home. Instead, communities such as Portsmouth are part of the state’s wastewater surveillance program that started in June.

Levels of the virus in wastewater hit a high in late August and are now nearly at that point again, an early predictor that the virus is spreading.

“We could be in for a very potentially severe flu season, combined with COVID that is still spreading,” Rock said. “In this year especially, communities are being fully opened back up and travel happening, which is different than the last couple of years.”

The latest COVID-19 booster, which is updated for the currently circulating strains, is now available for people age 12 and older who had the original vaccine series. Pharmacies are booking appointments online.

“You can receive your flu vaccine and the new COVID-19 updated booster vaccine at the same time, as well as it can be co-administered with any of our other vaccines,” Rock said.

He said there is also a good supply of COVID-19 home test kits at pharmacies. Insurance covers the cost of up to eight tests per month.

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