Prevea Health CEO Rises in Flu Cases

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Health systems are reporting record numbers of flu cases.

UW Health says it treated 425 two weeks ago, their latest data available. This was a higher number than in 2019-20, the last flu season before the pandemic. That flu season peaked in February, by the way.

The latest numbers, from November, show people testing positive for the flu in Wisconsin doubled in the week before Thanksgiving, from 7% to 14%.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) lists Northeast Wisconsin at a high level for flu-like illnesses.

Our expert throughout the pandemic, Dr. Ashok Rai, the president and CEO of Prevea Health, spoke with Action 2 News at 4:30 anchor Chris Roth about whether people should be concerned about the early rise in flu cases and whether there is concern among health care providers that people in the past few years have become numb to health warnings.

In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may remember people saying “the flu killed more people than COVID.” That changed quickly. Dr. Rai talks about how dangerous the flu is, and who faces the greatest risk, especially since we are also still struggling with COVID and now RSV.

He also offers his top tips for coping with this surge in flu cases and staying healthy through the holiday season.

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