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As respiratory viruses ticked upward in late November, health officials braced for what they called a "tripledemic" of RSV, flu and COVID-19 cases leading to widespread infection. That winter surge represented a respiratory virus peak, and experts say cases are now declining.

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New U.S. government data suggests holiday gatherings didn’t spark surges in respiratory diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reported that visits to doctors’ offices for the flu-like illnesses fell for the sixth straight week. Reports of RSV, a common bug, are also down. When flu and RSV surged in the fall, some doctors feared that winter might bring a “tripledemic” of flu, RSV and COVID-19. And they worried holiday gatherings might be the spark. But it didn’t happen, apparently. It’s not clear why. Flu season isn’t over, of course. Experts say it’s always possible that a second wave of illnesses is still ahead.

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Drugstore chains are still trying to find enough employees to put a stop to temporary pharmacy closures. More than a year ago, a rush of vaccines, virus tests and a busy flu season overwhelmed many drugstores. The stores have made improvements. Major chains now routinely close pharmacy counters for lunch. They’re dangling signing bonuses and raising pay. They also are spreading out workloads. Experts say more customer patience and bigger changes may be needed. One says there isn’t a pharmacist shortage. He says there’s a shortage of pharmacists who want to work in high-stress environments.

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Social media users shared a range of false claims this week. Here are the facts: A photo of a combination COVID-19 and flu test does not prove that the two viruses are the same. COVID-19 shots are not considered “gene therapy” rather than a vaccine. The European Union is not imposing a “personal carbon credit” system. The restaurant chain Hooters says it is not closing for a millennial-friendly rebrand.

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MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Flu season has struck the United States hard and early, burdening hospitals that are also coping with a surge in other respiratory viruses, including respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and COVID-19.

MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Flu season has struck the United States hard and early, burdening hospitals that are also coping with a surge in other respiratory viruses, including RSV and COVID-19.