Tripledemic 2022: CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky in Philadelphia amid COVID, flu, RSV surges

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will be in Philadelphia on Tuesday to speak at the Bloomberg American Health Summit in Center City.

dr Rochelle Walensky encourages people to be proactive and take preventative measures such as: B. Wearing a mask indoors when respiratory illnesses increase.

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“You don’t have to wait for CDC action to put on a mask,” Walensky said in a call with reporters Monday before the summit.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says face masks should not be worn by children under the age of 2. She recommends wearing face masks by multiple groups of people, including those over the age of 2 who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and by families with babies under 6 months old who cannot be vaccinated.

Flu and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) circulate at high levels as COVID cases surge.

Hospital emergency rooms see the burden of all the respiratory diseases out there.

Walensky said masking indoors could help curb the spread of disease, especially in light of the holiday season and vacation travel.

Walensky said this is particularly relevant in areas with high or very high COVID numbers, which now include areas in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

This week is national influenza immunization week and many health officials are banding together to encourage people to keep up to date on their flu shots and their COVID immunizations.

Children as young as 6 months are eligible for a flu vaccine, as well as a COVID-19 vaccine, with “rare exceptions,” according to the CDC. Both vaccinations are free of charge and available in local doctor’s surgeries and pharmacies.

Flu activity has been relatively low for the past two flu seasons, but not this year. While this year’s flu shot appears to match circulating strains well, the CDC said vaccinations are lagging compared to previous years.


ABC News contributed to this report.

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