Flu, COVID and RSV all trending down for the first time in months, says CDC

Jan 24, 2023, 10:55 PM

SALT LAKE CITY — Major respiratory illnesses are all trending down for the first time since September, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It is welcome news, especially for Utah families who have had a rough virus season. The Stevens family said they have had so many viruses in and out of their home in the last couple of months that they have lost count.

“I can’t even keep track of all the things we’ve had,” said mother Kathryn Stevens. “We’ve had colds and coughs, a lot of coughs, and the coughs just lingered.”

Her daughter, 15-year-old Cecily Stevens, had influenza A at the beginning of January and had to miss class for a week.

“I kind of lost my taste for a little bit, and smell,” she recalled. “It was hard for me to stay awake. I was sleeping all the time, and I didn’t have the motivation to get out of bed.”

Dr. Daniel Chappell with Tanner Clinic said he has seen a lot of patients with similar symptoms this cold and flu season.

“Some patients even had two or maybe three of those [viruses] at the same time,” he explained.

In Utah, we saw a peak for flu in December, with about 2,000 cases in a week. At that same time, we saw about 1,500 weekly cases of RSV, while COVID continues to average around 150 cases each week.

Intermountain Health’s GermWatch website shows that all viruses have moved down to the moderate category for the middle of January.

Chappell said the “tripledemic” has been hard on everybody, including his staff, and he is glad to see cases trending down.

“We always feel a big sigh of relief when things get a little bit slower and we can take a breath,” he said.

He warned that flu season is notoriously unpredictable and reminded his patients it is never too late to get a flu shot.

KSL 5 TV Live


Is there a “best time” to exercise? A recent study clocks in with an answer.  But, what about y...

Ken Fall

Is there a ‘best time’ to exercise?

A new study suggests exercise in the morning may help with weight loss.

2 days ago

family smiling together...

Alex Cabrero

Laptop mixup at SLC airport leaves family hoping for miracle return of critical health information

Margaret McIntyre lost her laptop with valuable information on it at the Salt Lake airport and she has a different one.

2 days ago

child in doctor's office...

Mike Anderson

Flu, COVID cases expected to rise in Utah

The number of COVID-19 diagnoses continues to stay above what we saw over the summer but now some doctors are starting to see early signs of the flu as well.

5 days ago

A warning sign at Willard Bay State Park warning visitors about  potential dangers in the water. (K...

Brianna Chavez

Pet owner asking others to stay cautious when taking their pets to local reservoirs

Despite the end of summer, a Brigham City woman is calling on pet owners to stay cautious when taking their furry family to revisors.

8 days ago

FILE: The new Utah State Correctional Facility. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)...

Dan Bammes

Housing unit quarantined after scabies outbreak at state correctional facility

Inmates in one housing unit at the Utah State Correctional Facility were quarantined this week because of an outbreak of scabies.

9 days ago

Jennifer and Mike Roe apartment...

Ken Fall

As fall begins, look inside the house to avoid dangerous falls

National Fall Prevention week coincides with the beginning of autumn. It’s the best time to ensure your loved ones are safe in their home.

10 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Design mockup half in white and half in color of luxury house interior with open plan living room a...

Lighting Design

Lighting Design 101: Learn the Basics

These lighting design basics will help you when designing your home, so you can meet both practical and aesthetic needs.

an antler with large horns int he wilderness...

Three Bear Lodge

Yellowstone in the Fall: A Wildlife Spectacle Worth Witnessing

While most people travel to this park in the summer, late fall in Yellowstone provides a wealth of highlights to make a memorable experience.

a diverse group of students raising their hands in a classroom...

Little Orchard Preschool

6 Benefits of Preschool for Kids

Some of the benefits of preschool for kids include developing independence, curiosity, and learning more about the world.

rodeo contestant on a saddle bronc...


Get Ready for the Days of ‘47 Rodeo!

The Days of '47 Rodeo is a series of events everyone in the family can enjoy, with world-class rodeo contestants vying for the gold medal.

Electric LED Lightbulb Change In Light At Home...

Lighting Design

How to Know When to Upgrade Your Lighting

This guide explores indicators that suggest it’s time for a lighting upgrade with tips to make an informed decision when you’re ready to buy. 

Brunette guy in headphones playing games on his desktop computer...

PC Laptops

Looking For a New Computer? Use This Desktop Buying Guide

Choosing a new desktop computer can come with a lot of questions, so we created this desktop buying guide.

Flu, COVID and RSV all trending down for the first time in months, says CDC