Paterson, N.J. Trying To Get out Ahead of Nasty Tripledemic

NJ’s PATERSON — The so-called “tripledemic” has passed the holiday season, but it is still going strong.

Children and adults are contracting COVID, the flu, and RSV at an increasing rate, and patients are swarming pharmacies and emergency rooms. A continuous stream of people has been coming into Paramus Pharmacy looking for COVID tests and cold medications.

“More people have the flu than COVID, in reality. Congestion in the head, similar issues, “a client stated.

Manish Pujara, a pharmacist, decided to reintroduce the requirement for masks at the pharmacy due to the recent surge of infections and a new COVID variant. It’s a vestige of the epidemic era that he hoped was history.

Paterson, N.J. Trying To Get out Ahead of Nasty Tripledemic
Paterson, N.J. Trying To Get out Ahead of Nasty Tripledemic

“Everyone is perplexed. They are unaware of their possessions. They have COVID or the flu “explained Pujara.

The three terrible illnesses have particularly affected children. Dr. David Goldberg, director of the paediatric infectious disease service at St. Joseph’s Health in Paterson, noted that these three infections combined into one large storm.

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Like most emergency departments, his is seeing more children than it has in a number of years. “Fortunately, most of them have upper respiratory infections that may be managed symptomatically or at home. However, similar to other hospitals, we are noticing an increase in the number of patients admitted for respiratory illnesses, “said Goldberg.

To fend off the influx of cases, Paterson is likewise stepping up its efforts. A new mobile health unit was introduced by the mayor, Andre Sayegh, and the department of health. It will be used to visit impoverished neighborhoods and provide COVID and flu vaccines and testing.

The vehicle cost Paterson slightly over $400,000, but according to the mayor, the investment was worthwhile. He is doubling down on the tripledemic, as he called it.

We need to keep adjusting to this new normal—or the now normal—which is why Sayegh said having this mobile unit is encouraging.

Finally, flu and RSV numbers are starting to decline at St. Joseph’s Health, but COVID cases are increasing. This information comes as the Food and Drug Administration examines a request for an antibody that might help in protecting infants against RSV. Infants and toddlers can use it later this year if it is authorized.

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