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NYC Hospitals Mask Up: Rising Respiratory Illnesses Prompt a Familiar Return

by Sonia Park
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NYC Hospitals Mask Up: Rising Respiratory Illnesses Prompt a Familiar Return (Photo by Austin Fisher / Source NM)

In a familiar echo of pandemic precautions, New York City-run hospitals are once again mandating masks for all visitors, patients, and staff. This decision, effective immediately, comes as a surge in COVID-19, RSV, and influenza cases threatens to overwhelm the healthcare system.

The rising tide of respiratory illnesses began around Thanksgiving and has shown no signs of slowing down. Recent data reveals a concerning 36% increase in hospitalizations from November to December, raising alarm bells for public health officials.

"We're seeing a significant uptick in cases of COVID-19, RSV, and flu," Dr. Elias Youssef, of NYC. . .

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