Flu and gastrointestinal virus nail Clevelanders as winter drags on

The flu is at peak level and a stomach virus is hitting us hard

Flu and gastrointestinal virus nail Clevelanders as winter drags on

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Does it seem like everyone around you is sick? Are you feeling it a bit yourself? If so, you’re part of the in crowd, or in this case, the sick crowd.

Flu and gastrointestinal virus nail Clevelanders as winter drags on

This is not the Cleveland Crud which hits us hard in the fall, but this is a double barrel attack of the flu and a gastrointestinal virus. Hopefully for you, not at the same time.

Dr. Claudia Hoyen is the Director of Infection Control for University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, and she said the flu season is not just hanging around. “We’re at our peak for flu and it’s actually stayed at the peak for the last couple of weeks.”

Dr. Hoyen said the good news is that the flu shot worked very well this year, so if you have not had a flu shot, it is still a good idea to get one. That way, if you get the flu, then your symptoms will be less severe.

“There is also some sort of gastrointestinal illness that’s been going around,” Dr Hoyen said, which is causing stomach issues, cramps and multiple trips to the restroom.

The numbers from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health back this information up. Over the past few weeks there has been a steady increase in the numbers they are reporting for congestion, cough, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea, making the week through March 10th one of the worst of the year.

Improving spring weather should be a big help to clearing this all up, “It’s cold outside, and we’re all inside so hopefully soon the weather will change and so will the viruses that are out there getting us,” Dr Hoyen said.

To avoid those viruses that are floating around as we work through cabin fever, Dr. Hoyen suggests the basics: wash your hands and keep from touching your face.

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