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Excerpt: “We share your concerns about the unprecedented convergence of two highly contagious respiratory viruses that can cause life-threatening illness and death. Experts have noted that, in the upcoming influenza season, there could potentially be 100 million cases of influenza-like symptoms that could overwhelm current testing capacity. Health experts also note ‘the stress on hospitals will be greatest if the COVID-19 and influenza epidemics overlap and peak around the same time,’” said Walden, Burgess, and Guthrie.
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Excerpt: “Wastewater surveillance can serve as a surveillance tool which does not require additional COVID-19 diagnostic testing to be performed, and therefore helps to preserve much needed diagnostic testing supplies. In addition to preserving testing supplies, such information could also help the health care system forecast where there may be an increased need for medical supplies, such as testing supplies or personal protective equipment for health care workers; hospital beds; or medications being used to treat COVID-19 patients. In addition, such information could help those who are performing clinical...
Excerpt: “The world’s public health experts, governments, and industries are focused on the COVID-19 pandemic – and that work continues, but we must not become complacent about other threats that our country faces, nor allow the progress we have made to become undone,” the Committee leaders continued in their letter to Azar.
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