Inside the ‘tripledemic’ as sales of meds limited and at-home kits to test for all 3 rolled out – how to stay safe

AMERICAN families have faced a “triple pandemic” this holiday season as the flu, Covid-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) have strained homes and hospitals across the country.

Health concerns have continued to mount as local pharmacies have restricted the sale of over-the-counter pain and fever medicine.

Americans face a "tripledemic" of influenza, coronavirus and RSV

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Americans are facing a “triple disease” of flu, coronavirus and RSVPhoto credit: Getty
Order Covid-19 home testing from the US government

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Order Covid-19 home testing from the US governmentPhoto credit: Getty

On Wednesday, The Hill reported that CVS has limited customers to two product limits for pediatric pain relievers, on-site and online.

While Walgreens has limited its customers to six over-the-counter antipyretic drugs for children.

The restrictions come amid high demand and supply challenges as the three viruses rage, according to the outlet.

To ensure families can treat their loved ones properly when they become ill, more at-home testing kits for flu, Covid-19 and RSV have been rolled out.

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Most Americans can purchase Covid-19 tests at their local pharmacy or order four free at-home tests from the US government through USPS.

Families who don’t mind paying for a test can buy one that tests for all three viruses: Labcorp’s The Pixel.

The kit’s results, which retail for $169 for those who don’t have insurance, are processed in a lab, with the entire process taking three to five days, according to Good Morning America.

To get the test, people have to go online and fill out a questionnaire to see if they meet the criteria for it. If this is the case, the test kit will be sent overnight.

Unfortunately, there is no individual home test for RSV or the flu that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, spokesman James McKinney told Nextstar last week.

There are several measures parents and families can take to avoid contracting any of the three viruses in the ‘triple disease’, experts say.

“Everyone is obviously willing to do as much as possible of what they’ve been doing during normal holiday periods, especially since many of us gave it up for a few years,” said Dr. Henry Wu, an epidemiologist and travel medicine specialist at Emory University, told NPR last week.

“We are entering a new normal where we must navigate how best to do what we want to do.”

Wu, along with infectious disease specialists Dr. Preeti Malani and Dr. Monica Gandhi that there are several things Americans can do to stay healthy.

These include getting the flu shot and the Covid-19 booster shot, staying at home if you are not feeling well, taking some activities outside; and wearing a good face mask in crowded environments.

dr Jeff Foxx, a Kentucky-based doctor, also emphasized the importance of staying home when you’re feeling sick in an interview with WKYT.

“Unfortunately, the bottom line is if you’re sick, stay home. Don’t give a gift from COVID or the flu to a family member,” he told the outlet.

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Foxx also said social distancing, limiting gathering size and maintaining good air circulation will also help.

“If you get sick, if you think you have COVID, you can test yourself, and if you’re really sick, see your doctor because there are treatments,” Foxx said.

Experts like Dr. Preeti Malani advises families to stay at home if they are not feeling well

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Experts like Dr. Preeti Malani advises families to stay at home if they are not feeling wellPhoto credit: University of Michigan

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