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Did you gather in large groups for the holidays? A virus may be your post-holiday present

By Katia Hetter, CNN;  5 minute read; Updated 8:14 AM EST, Mon January 1, 2024

CNN- Every year since the start of Covid-19, there has been a surge in coronavirus activity after Christmas, New Year’s Eve and other winter holidays.

Even before the holidays this year, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had already warned that Covid-associated hospitalizations were rising, along with hospitalizations for influenza and the respiratory syncytial virus (also known as RSV).

While many people took steps prior to and during holiday gatherings to reduce their risk of contracting these viruses, others engaged in large get-togethers with higher-risk exposure. What can they now do to decrease virus transmission to vulnerable family members? If they develop symptoms, what should they consider in deciding what to do — for instance, when to get tested, seek medical care, and stay home from work or school?

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