Doctors in medical cabinets say the time has come to move on to cold-spreading medications.
It’s a time when many of us feel like our bodies are in a state of hibernation.
A new survey from the American College of Surgeons shows that in 2015, nearly three-quarters of doctors are treating patients with cold-related conditions, up from just one-third a decade ago.
“I think the primary cause of this trend is the increasing prevalence of COVID-19 and COVID infection in patients,” Dr. David St. Clair, a professor at the University of North Carolina, told The Associated Press.
Many of us have seen the symptoms that we feel are COVID.
I have patients that have had colds and the symptoms have gotten worse,” St. Claire said.
While it is normal for colds to linger, they are usually short-lived and often mild.
In 2016, the CDC found that the most common colds are influenza, seasonal flu, pneumonia and coronavirus.
But in 2017, more than a third of people with COVID reported experiencing symptoms that made them feel ill and more than three-fourths of those people said they felt cold, fevers and/or muscle aches.
According to St. Louis County, which includes Washington, D.C., the number of COFFS patients rose by more than 10 percent in the past year.
CDC data shows that about 1.2 million Americans had COVID in 2017.
The survey found that more than half of those surveyed have seen an increase in COVID symptoms and more people than ever have been diagnosed with COFFs.
As a result, St. Charles said it is time to take a new look at what medications are being prescribed and how they are being used.”
When I talk to patients, I say, ‘If you had been seeing the same symptoms as the other person and you were on an antibiotic, would you be on an antiviral?’,” he said.
St. Clair said some medications that are prescribed to help treat COFF symptoms may not be effective for treating the condition itself.
St. Louis, where the average temperature is about minus 4 degrees Celsius, has been hit particularly hard by the coronaviral pandemic.
Last year, the city reported more than 300 COFF-related hospitalizations and 1,900 deaths.
Since then, the virus has killed more than 4,500 people and sickened nearly 100,000.
More than a quarter of the people who die in the U.S. each year have COFF, according to the CDC.
And the number is growing.
The CDC estimates that nearly 2 million Americans have been infected with COFLs since December of last year.