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At the end of 2022, health officials were warning of a kind of perfect storm of infectious disease: rising cases of flu, COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Terms like “triple threat” and “tripledemic” were common, and with many American gathering for the holidays, health providers were bracing for the worst.

To some extent, the tripledemic has not been as bad as expected. Although still a serious problem in many ways, rates of infection and hospitalization were not as crippling as, for example, past waves of COVID variants have been. And although holiday gatherings no doubt contributed to some spread of disease, a spokesperson from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that rates of RSV and the flu were receding as of early January.

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