‘Tridemic’ threatening to overwhelm health care systems as flu, RSV, COVID cases rise

Dr. Megan Ranney:

So the first and most important thing is that we are here 24/7/365.

I certainly want people to try to take care of themselves at home, to call their primary care doctor if they have one. But if you have any doubts, that’s what we’re here for. I will say we saw an increase in home death rates because people were so scared to come to the ER during the worst of the COVID pandemic. So I don’t want to deter people from seeking treatment.

That said, if you’re able to eat and drink, if you’re able to bring your fever down with ibuprofen or Tylenol, if you’re able to get up and walk, even if you’re a little sore or tired, you’re probably OK to stay home.

But if you feel really dizzy when you stand up, if you can’t keep fluids down, if you don’t think like you normally do, those are all things that would make me want you to come over and look at me.

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