CDC Provides New Respiratory Virus Resources
CDC recently released the following webpages on the CDC website regarding respiratory viruses.
CDC Provides Respiratory Virus Guidance Updates
To help ensure the public is getting accurate and timely information about respiratory virus vaccination, CDC created a new Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard and a Weekly RSV Vaccination Dashboard. These dashboards complement the existing CDC Weekly Flu Vaccination Dashboard. The three dashboards are available under a new RespVaxView webpage and allow visitors to monitor vaccination trends more easily. The Updated Virus information is also available on the CDC Facebook page to share using your HCC accounts as applicable.
Respiratory Viruses Outlook
Influenza virus, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), SARS CoV-2, and other seasonal viruses that circulate heavily in the fall and winter cause significant morbidity and mortality. Each season is slightly different, depending on the strains of the viruses circulating and immunity to the viruses. This year, the CDC predicts the severity of the respiratory virus season will be similar to last year, but more severe than pre-pandemic levels, estimated by the number of hospitalizations due to severe disease caused by influenza, RSV, and SARS CoV-2. Respiratory Viruses Outlook Blog
Health Workers Report Harassment, Poor Mental Health Symptoms, and Difficult Working Conditions
More than double the number of health workers reported harassment at work in 2022 than in 2018. This may include threats, bullying, verbal abuse, or other actions from patients and co-workers that create a hostile work environment. This finding has important implications for health worker mental health, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report. Health worker burnout was at crisis levels prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new Vital Signs issue reports that the pandemic presented unique challenges that may have further impaired health worker mental health and increased health workers’ intent to leave their jobs. This report is the first to describe and compare self-reported well-being and working conditions for health workers, other essential workers, and all other workers before the pandemic (2018) and after the start of the pandemic (2022). It shows that health workers have continued to face a mental health crisis. From 2018 to 2022, U.S. health workers experienced greater declines on a range of mental health outcomes than other workers.
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CDC National Report Highlights PHEP Role During COVID-19 Response
CDC’s national report on Response Readiness in the Time of COVID-19: The PHEP Program’s Role and Impact is now available online. This national report is a high-level snapshot of select activities that PHEP recipients conducted between July 2021 and June 2022 and an assessment of how those activities contributed to the national COVID-19 pandemic response. The report also provides an at-a-glance summary of the comprehensive Operational Readiness Review (ORR) data that recipients submitted during PHEP Budget Period 3. The report describes key strengths, challenges, and next steps for recipients and CDC.