Bay Area wastewater levels high with COVID, RSV and flu after holidays, data shows

Jan 1, 2024


SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- It's not quite "here we go again," according to infectious diseases experts, but the big three -- RSV, flu and COVID -- are on the rise again.

Wastewater data is showing higher-than-normal levels of all three viruses across the Bay Area.

As we ring in the New Year, we turn the page on the holiday season calendar.

But UCSF Infectious Diseases Specialist Dr. Peter Chin-Hong says what's left over are respiratory diseases.

"What we've seen over the past few years is a typical pattern of a 'one-two-three-punch' with Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah and then New Year, followed by increased cases in the community and spillover in the hospital," Chin-Hong said.

The new JN.1 variant is rapidly spreading nationwide and the WastewasterSCAN dashboard shows us the Bay Area is not immune.

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