MIAMI Doctors and medical experts are talking about an increase in flu cases in South Florida, and it comes as there is also an increase in COVID-19 cases.
As a result, local pharmacy shelves look sparse in the cold and flu section.
“I’ve had a lot of patients calling with really significant symptoms,” said Dr. Kunjana Mavunda from KIDZ Medical Services.
Data from the Florida Department of Health says influenza numbers are rising in large parts of the state, including the Broward and Miami-Dade Counties.
Although this may seem late for a flu outbreak, says Dr. Mavunda in South Florida that flu season runs much later.
“A lot of it can be due to where we are located,” she said. “We’re the gateway to South America, and they’re starting their flu season.”
Meanwhile, experts in infectious diseases like Dr. Aileen Marty a worrying trend with COVID cases on the rise at the same time.
“Miami-Dade right now has a positivity of 17.3 percent, and it’s actually even higher in Broward County,” said Dr. Marty.
Marty says those numbers are likely to be even higher, as many people test with home sets and are not included in state data.
And while these latest COVID variants may seem less aggressive, Marty says it’s because our society has a high level of immunity at the moment from vaccines and exposure to omicron, but she adds that it will not last forever.
“Let’s say you got omicron in December. This summer, any immunity you got from having Omicron in December is pretty much shot, “she said.
In response to the COVID increase, the Jackson Health System actually changed their visitation guidelines again, making them more restrictive in order to prevent spread within the hospital facilities.
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