Data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is showing that respiratory illnesses across the state are on the decline. That’s much different than the trend the CDC is seeing across the nation. Tribal Radio’s Sarah Flower talks with the state epidemiologist from CDPHE about these trends.

Key points:

  • Respiratory trifecta – Cases of COVID-19, influenza, and RSV are declining in Colorado after holiday surge.
  • Decline trends – It’s unclear if the decline will be sharp or slow, and second waves are possible.
  • Flu vaccine –Vaccination rates are lower than COVID-19, but new data shows effectiveness against severe illness.
  • RSV vaccines – New vaccines are available for high-risk individuals and pregnant women.
  • Hospital capacity – Currently good, but long-term challenges remain due to increased viral burden.
  • JN.1 variant – More transmissible and immune-evasive, but not causing a dramatic surge.
  • Data changes – Testing decrease and risk shift necessitate new surveillance tools like wastewater monitoring.
  • Overall message – Decline is good, but not end of risk. Individuals at risk should protect themselves and get vaccinated.