Morning Jolt: A Reality Check on the ‘Tripledemic’

On the menu today: Compared to the usual settings of panic or ignoring a topic completely, the media coverage of this winter's "tripledemic" of Covid, flu, and RSV seems actually just about right. Lots of Americans are getting sick, and it's a pain, with plenty of places experiencing brief shortages of over-the-counter cold and fever medications, but this isn't the Covid pandemic all over again and it isn't a national emergency. Moderna, GSK, and Pfizer are rolling out vaccines for RSV, and we may find that getting vulnerable populations vaccinated runs a lot smoother when governments and employers aren't trying to force vaccines into the arms of people who don't want them.

Trudging Our Way through the Winter Tripledemic

We're well into winter, and the ongoing "tripledemic" — covid, flu, and RSV — is the sort of news story that may seem very big and consequential, or small and inconsequential, depending on your personal circumstances and how well those around you are faring.

A lot of people have gotten sick this winter. ...

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WITH JIM GERAGHTY January 18 2023
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WITH JIM GERAGHTY January 18 2023
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A Reality Check on the 'Tripledemic'

On the menu today: Compared to the usual settings of panic or ignoring a topic completely, the media coverage of this winter's "tripledemic" of Covid, flu, and RSV seems actually just about right. Lots of Americans are getting sick, and it's a pain, with plenty of places experiencing brief shortages of over-the-counter cold and fever medications, but this isn't the Covid pandemic all over again and it isn't a national emergency. Moderna, GSK, and Pfizer are rolling out vaccines for RSV, and we may find that getting vulnerable populations vaccinated runs a lot smoother when governments and employers aren't trying to force vaccines into the arms of people who don't want them.

Trudging Our Way through the Winter Tripledemic

We're well into winter, and the ongoing "tripledemic" — covid, flu, and RSV — is the sort of news story that may seem very big and consequential, or small and inconsequential, depending on your personal circumstances and how well those around you are faring.

A lot of people have gotten sick this winter. ...   READ MORE

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