Pediatricians warn of ‘tripledemic”


    PROVIDENCE – The American Academy of Pediatrics, Rhode Island Chapter has released a new “tripledemic” awareness video with advice to parents and patients for dealing with three currently circulating respiratory illnesses – the flu, COVID-19, and RSV – that are leading to high rates of emergency room utilization.

    “Since the fall we have been seeing increased cases in illness due to viruses such as the flu, COVID-19, and RSV, which have led to an increase in emergency room utilization,” said pediatrician Allison Brindle. “That’s why we are releasing this public awareness video to arm parents and others with information about symptoms, when to call your doctor, and simple prevention measures including regular hand washing and masking in crowded indoor places to avoid these respiratory illnesses. By following these simple tips, Rhode Islanders can stay healthy and avoid unnecessary trips to already busy emergency rooms across the state.”

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