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2022 Winter Holidays Collide with Surge in COVID, flu and RSV

Christmas ornaments and COVID-19 vaccine bottle with Christmas hat
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Christmas ornaments and COVID-19 vaccine bottle with Christmas hat

Just in time for the winter holidays, COVID, flu and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) cases are surging in New Mexico and in the nation. In response, the New Mexico Department of Health issued a public health emergency order. Because they are experiencing major bed and equipment shortages, New Mexico hospitals are now required to triage patients. In addition, the emergency order advises, but does not require the public to:

  • wear masks indoors in public settings,
  • refrain from gatherings when experiencing respiratory illness and
  • keep children with RSV symptoms home from school. 

Dr. Anna Duran, pediatrician and Associate Chief Medical Officer for the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital, discusses holiday celebrations in these infectious times.

Mary Lou Cooper reports on consumer issues for KSFR as well as on politics and elder affairs. She has worked for the U.S. Congress as well as for the Nevada and Tennessee legislatures, and remains a political junkie. She worked many years for an association of Western state legislatures and was a contributor to “Capitol Ideas,” a national magazine about state government. In 2016 Cooper received a public service award from the New Mexico Broadcasting Association for her KSFR story on Internet romance scams. She has received journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and from the National Federation of Press Women. She grew up in Oak Ridge, TN and received her BA from Emory University in Atlanta and her MA from the University of Texas Austin. She also holds fiction and screenwriting certificates from the University of Washington.