ALBUQUERQUE, NM – New Mexico faces a triple threat from the flu, COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.
“We’re seeing a lot more flu-like illnesses now than in previous seasons,” Dr. Laura Parajon, deputy secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health, said. “So these three diseases are out there now. Be careful, if you get sick, stay home.”
The latest flu map from the CDC shows New Mexico highlighted in red, indicating high flu activity.
State health officials also pointed out that flu cases are increasing much earlier than in previous years.
Hospitals are feeling the strain. Recently, UNMH leaders said their pediatric unit was operating at 125% capacity, mostly due to an increase in RSV cases.
“Historically, RSV started in mid-December,” said Dr. Anna Duran at UNMH said. “We’re about six weeks early. It will peak in early January and really break down in late March. So, you know, the big concern is the holidays ahead. We expect to see more of a surge just because people, you know, want to see each other.”
State health officials recommend that everyone get their flu and COVID-19 vaccines.