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‘All hospitals are full now,’ says Jacksonville doctor

jacksonville, florida – UF Health, Baptist Health, Ascension St. Vincent’s, Memorial Hospital, and Orange Park Medical all treat patients suffering from influenza, COVID, or respiratory syncytial virus (commonly known as RSV).

As Christmas and New Year approach, it’s no surprise that medical experts say the number of reported cases could get worse as friends and family gather.Michael, director of clinical research in Jacksonville Dr. Coren said he has received hospital status reports regarding the surge in infections.

“Right now, all hospitals are full,” Coren said. “There is a waiting time before entering the hospital emergency room. Also, hospital administrators are sending out information to all doctors to get the patient discharged as soon as possible.”

Coren said some patients come in with just the flu, COVID, or RSV, while others are positive for both of those viruses at the same time.

“If you are infected with two different viruses, your immune system does not necessarily respond at the same time,” explains Coren.

He recommends social distancing during holiday gatherings.

“Especially people I don’t know. And certainly people who seem to have symptoms,” he said.

Koren says that if you haven’t been vaccinated against COVID or the flu, you should strongly consider getting one. If you’ve been vaccinated and have a boost, but it’s been a while since you had a booster injection, talk to your doctor to see if getting another booster is right for you. COVID infection.

As for RSV, that’s another issue that doctors are still trying to address.

“We don’t have a vaccine for RSV, but we’re using it in clinical trials,” Koren said. I didn’t think it was really a big problem because I thought it was, but there are different strains of the virus, and the older you get, the more vulnerable you become.”

Health experts say proper hand washing is essential to stop the spread of these viruses, especially after shaking someone’s hand.

“If someone touches their face or coughs on their hands and then waves them, they get that infection,” Coren said. “So wash your hands often.”

Ascension St. Vincent Hospital issued the following statement:

“There has been a significant increase in cases of influenza, RSV and COVID-19 in Ascension St. Vincent in recent weeks. We recommend that you consult your doctor and get vaccinated against influenza and COVID-19 when possible. As the CDC points out, people with cold-like symptoms are ideally premature babies, children under the age of two with chronic lung or heart conditions, and weakened immune systems. You should not interact with children who are at increased risk of severe RSV disease, including children.

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