Health experts are warning about a trifecta of deadly viruses spreading across New York State.

New York State Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald confirmed a tripledemic.

Tripledemic In New York State

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The calendar has turned to 2024, but New Yorkers are told to watch out for COVID, the flu and RSV. All three potentially deadly viruses are spreading across New York State.

"Right now, New Yorkers are being exposed to RSV, COVID and Flu," McDonald stated.

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The CDC believes that COVID-19, RSV and influenza will be impacting the New York healthcare system in 2024, much like it did last fall and winter.

"Fall and winter are a time when viruses that cause respiratory disease usually circulate more heavily in the community. Before COVID-19, two viruses, flu and RSV, were the main causes of severe respiratory disease during this time of year," the CDC stated. "With the addition of a third virus (COVID-19) that can cause severe disease, even an average respiratory season can place significant strain on our healthcare system."

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Flu Is Widespread In New York State


The New York State Department of Health continues to classify the flu as "widespread" in New York State.

This marks the fifth straight report that the flu has been considered as "widespread.

"Flu season is here again. And it has gone up – the number of flu cases in the State of New York is now defined as prevalent in the state, that's a new category," New York Gov. Kathy Hochul stated.

New COVID Variant Spreading In New York

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Just before the holiday season, the CDC confirmed a new COVID variant that started spreading across the nation and New York State.

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