It was a meeting of the Missouri Coroners and Medical Examiners Association at the Truman Hotel and Convention Center.
“Most of the RSV can be treated at home with a humidifier, making sure they’re drinking lots of fluids.”
That may be part of the reason why Missouri has seen a 212 percent increase in flu cases this year.
“Influenza is notoriously unpredictable,” Curtis Allen with the Centers for Disease Control said.
Local American Red Cross spokesman Dan Fox says severe illness such as the flu “can be something that brings donations down.”
But St. Louis University Hospital spokesperson Laura Keller says there are exceptions for religious objections and allergy concerns.
Almost 150 people have been admitted to intensive care units with the flu this season and six have died, according to state officials.
A strain peak still to come
“We’re running close to 200 patients a day for the past four or five days,” DePaul Health Center clinical director Jon Caron said.
“Both strains have high fevers, muscle aches, sometimes a little respiratory cough or sore through with them,” Dr. Donald Kennedy said.
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