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A 'Tripledemic'? Flu and Other Infections Return as COVID-19 Cases Rise

By Apoorva Mandavilli

22 Oct 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

This article reports on the threat of a "Tripledemic". After two years of lockdowns and mask wearing, the lack of exposure to various virus' means we could be facing "rough" winter months.

For more than two years, shuttered schools and offices, social distancing and masks granted Americans a reprieve from flu and most other respiratory infections. This winter is likely to be different.

With few to no restrictions in place and travel and socializing back in full swing, an expected winter rise in COVID-19 cases appears poised to collide with a resurgent influenza season, causing a so-called twindemic” — or even a tripledemic, with a third virus, respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, in the mix.

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