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California hospitals use overflow tents to accommodate a rising number of flu victims

Many hospitals in Southern California have started using overflow tents outside of emergency rooms to deal with an increasing number of patients suffering from flu or other respiratory diseases.

According to the San Diego-Union Tribune, overflow tents were set up Friday at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas and Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego Health La Jolla as well as Sharp Grossmont Hospital La Mesa in response to an increase in respiratory illnesses.

Since Sept. 1, Scripps hospitals, doctor’s offices, and clinics reported 1,695 positive flu shots, up from 471 in the same period one year earlier.

This move is in response to an increase in flu symptoms among San Diego County emergency room patients. According to a county report, 9% of these patients experienced flu symptoms last week, compared with 7% just two weeks ago.

According to the weekly respiratory illness report, San Diego-Union Tribune reported that there was an increase in COVID-19 symptoms. However, it did not happen as fast.

“The fear is that everything will bounce off each other and you can still get the flu or any other virus,” Dr. Ghazala Shariff, Scripps Health’s chief medical officer for acute care operations and clinical excellence, said.

Sharieff stated, “I am hopeful, but it’s still kind of planning that it will be this way through February.”

The flu is most severe in February and December.

The Southern Hemisphere also experienced an earlier-than-normal influenza season. The epidemic thresholds for influenza positivity in Chile were reached as early as January, a few months earlier than normal.

Health experts said that it wasn’t immediately clear if flu cases will reach an earlier-than-usual peak in California. California typically sees the majority of flu cases between December and February.

The flu season is kicking off in large parts of the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated earlier this month that more flu cases were being reported than usual at this time.

The CDC reported Friday that flu and other viral diseases are at an all-time high in Georgia, New York City, South Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

“Still, there are early increases in seasonal flu activity nationwide. The highest activity levels are reported in the country’s south-central and southeastern regions. They are followed closely by the Mid-Atlantic and the South-central West Coast. According to the CDC.

These are mostly influenza A cases, specifically H3N2. Although any flu strain can cause serious illness in vulnerable populations it is more dangerous than others.

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