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U.S. Flu, COVID Infections Worsen Over Holidays

NEW YORK — The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse, but it’s too soon to tell how much holiday gatherings contributed to a likely spike in illnesses.

New government data posted Friday for last week — the holiday week between Christmas and New Year’s — shows 38 states with high or very high levels for respiratory illnesses with fever, cough, and other symptoms. That’s up from 31 states the week before.

The measure likely includes people with COVID-19, RSV, and other winter viruses, and not just flu. But flu seems to be increasing most dramatically, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We expect it to be elevated for several more weeks,” said the CDC’s Alicia Budd. So far, though, this is a moderate flu season, she said.

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