Here’s a weekly roundup of the most prevalent diseases in the Metro Detroit community, according to local doctors and hospitals.
A local doctor shares notes on what’s going on.
Dr. Jason Vieder — Henry Ford Medical Center Fairlane Emergency Department
“Influenza and most respiratory illnesses have calmed down. There is concern that influenza B may occur because influenza B usually occurs later in the flu season. I’m assuming there won’t be an outbreak of Influenza B as COVID precautions/precautionary measures have mitigated its outbreak.Appendicitis is a common sight these days.With snow and ice expected, falls/traumas are always on the rise .”
Dr. Jennifer Stephens-Hoyer — Henry Ford Medical Center Plymouth Emergency Department
“While COVID and influenza are still present in the community, emergency room visits for these illnesses are declining. Other viral respiratory infections are also present. substance use-related illnesses appear to worsen, as well as injuries related to ice/snow slips and falls, especially in the elderly.”
Dr. Glen Clark — Director of the Emergency Department at Corewell Health Beaumont Grosse Pointe Hospital
“While flu and RSV have declined significantly, we continue to see cases of COVID, most of which are mild and require only supportive care. A few patients have also developed serious heart attack complications.If a listener develops symptoms of chest pain, it is recommended that they seek medical attention.”
Dr. Jon Lovy — Family Medicine at Corewell Health Trenton Hospital
“There is no doubt that influenza has now overtaken COVID as the leading cause of hospitalization and death in the United States, and here in our office in Trenton we see strong evidence of that. In terms of COVID, it’s just the elderly and immunosuppressive diseases, and those are the demographics that I’ve seen in hospitals, so if you’re at high risk, you’re better off with your doctor, in crowds. Early antiviral treatment with paxlovid and up-to-date vaccination prevent hospitalization, even among high-risk groups. However, this is a very rough ride with little treatment for those at risk, so please continue to take flu prevention seriously. I hope you have a safe time.”
Lauren Tierney — Emergency Center Clinical Nurse Manager at Cowell Health Farmington Hills Hospital
“In the last few weeks, our volumes have dropped a little. Our respiratory ailments have calmed down a bit. “It’s an emergency. We haven’t seen a lot of snow and ice related injuries lately. We’ve had a fairly mild winter so far. But that may change after Wednesday.”
Washtenaw County Health Department
“Although the flu epidemic remains at high levels locally, this flu wave appears to have peaked. Several flu-related deaths have been reported in Washtenaw County, where individuals have been confirmed to have influenza A. Flu-related hospitalizations among Washtenaw residents are still on the rise, but are declining. Most of the flu cases reported in WHO are influenza A.”
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