MARYLAND – Medical experts this holiday season are calling for caution when it comes to RSV, the flu, and of course, COVID-19. But you may be wondering – how much caution is the right amount?
After all, just Wednesday the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) launched a dashboard showing hospitalization numbers, with MDH Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services Dr. Jinlene Chan saying, “Maryland has seen an early increase in severe respiratory illness, especially in many young and school-aged children.”
“It’s not surprising that we’re seeing respiratory viruses come back as people interact socially,” said Dr. Amesh Adalja of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security told Fox 5, adding that this Thanksgiving is very different from the past two.
“There’s always going to be some level of risk for Thanksgiving in the future, but thanks to medicine and science, we’ve made COVID a much more manageable risk and we have remedies for the flu. Eventually we will have remedies for RSV, just not this season “, explained Adalja.
He also recommended getting a flu shot, staying up-to-date on COVID vaccines and said if you’re sick, stay home. But beyond that, Adalja believes that people should decide what is best for them.
“When it comes to what to do at Thanksgiving dinners,” he said, “I don’t think there’s a universal list of dos and don’ts. It’s more about risk tolerance.”
RSV dashboard of MDH can be viewed here.