‘Nothing New’: CNN Medical Correspondent Pushes For Mask Wearing To Protect Against Flu

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‘Nothing New’: CNN Medical Correspondent Pushes For Mask Wearing To Protect Against Flu

Harold Hutchison on November 28, 2022

A CNN medical correspondent called for people to wear masks to protect against the flu, COVID-19 and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Monday, saying it was “basic stuff.”

Medical experts warned of a “tripledemic” caused by RSV, the flu and COVID-19, which could strain hospitals across the country, Prevention magazine reported.

“All of the advice that I’m going to give you, you have heard it before,” Elizabeth Cohen told “CNN This Morning” co-host Kaitlan Collins. “There is nothing new under the Sun. It’s very basic stuff.”


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“It’s things like getting a flu shot — so important. Washing your hands frequently. And if you want to — no one’s advising you to — but if you want to, certainly wearing a mask is going to help protect you against the flu, not to mention things like RSV, and Covid and other respiratory diseases,” Cohen said.

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“As you mentioned, flu hospitalizations [are] at a high right now for this point in the season. Such an early flu season,” Cohen continued. “If you look all the way to the right, you can see a bar that represents the rate now. All the rates over the past 10 years [are] way lower at this point in the season.”

More than 11,000 patients were admitted to hospitals during the week ending Nov. 19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The rate of cases of RSV requiring hospitalization spiked the week ending Nov. 12, the CDC reported.


‘Nothing New’: CNN Medical Correspondent Pushes For Mask Wearing To Protect Against Flu

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