Kansas City 'Tripledemic' Worsens As Healthcare Pros Suggest Masking Again

Here's a peek at more health news and a dire outlook for the new year in Kansas City and beyond.

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Cases of the flu, RSV and COVID-19 have risen in the past month, as have mental health-related visits to the ER. Meanwhile, the support network — at homes and in hospitals — is bogged down.

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Parents, Kids and Doctors 'Exhausted' by Trio of Respiratory Illnesses Hitting KC

Julia O'Donnell's two children have been sick off and on for months. Arms wrapped around her sniffly kindergartener and cuddly preschooler, O'Donnell also is pregnant with her third child. About 10 days ago, she got sick. "It's an unimaginable amount of work and stress," O'Donnell said between coughs.

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Warnings of a growing tripledemic as cases rise during the holidays

Nationwide, Covid related hospitalizations are up 7 percent in the past two weeks and covid related deaths are up 15 percent, as the tripledemic continues to grow in concern.

Respiratory viruses could surge following the holidays, public health experts warn | CNN

There is growing concern among infectious disease and public health experts that the US could face even more respiratory infections in January. It is "highly likely" that respiratory viruses could spread even more following holiday gatherings and New Year's Eve celebrations, Dr. William Schaffner, a professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, told CNN on Monday.

After COVID, flu and RSV, is a strep outbreak next?

(NEXSTAR) - As the U.S. continues to see high levels of three viral infections - COVID-19, influenza, and RSV - there's growing concern over a bacteria that can cause serious illness, especially in children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it's tracking a "possible increase in invasive group A strep" among children.

Hospitals across 4 states band together to treat acute pediatric cases amid 'tripledemic'

Every morning at about 7 a.m., staff members in the transport department at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, start calling dozens of hospitals in the region. They're looking for information from hospitals that provide pediatric care in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska - the states that make up the U.S.

Children's medication shortage causes drug stores to limit purchases amid "tripledemic"

CBS News A nationwide shortage of cold, flu and fever medicines for children is causing some drug store chains to limit purchases of the products amid a "tripledemic" this holiday season. "In this holiday season, we have three problems. We have , influenza and .

You really should mask up again, says infectious disease expert: The tripledemic is hitting 'too fast and too furious' | Flipboard

CNBC - Most Americans aren't wearing face masks anymore - and their timing isn't great, says a leading infectious disease expert. Just 26% of Americans ...

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