Health experts: COVID surge from the holidays has passed
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Dr. Costi Sifri at the University of Virginia Health System says he expected a surge of respiratory infections over the holidays from everyone gathering.
The last two winters, that was the trend. But now that it's been nearly three weeks since the holidays ended, it’s no longer on their radar.
However, the "tripledemic" of respiratory illnesses is not over. Officials are seeing mild cases of COVID, RSV and flu, but not many severe cases these days.
This week, the hospital has 35 patients who have been hospitalized for COVID, which is down from weeks past.
“Our emergency room and primary care offices are really still buzzing with people who have a host of different respiratory infections, so you know fortunately, they’re not leading to a substantial strain in hospitalizations but we are seeing a lot of these patients in the emergency room every day,” said Sifri.
It’s important to note that while doctors don’t expect another surge, there could be something they’re calling a "swell," which is still an increase in cases, just less severe.
They also say they are keeping a close eye on the newest omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus, XBB.1.5.