Can Americans Handle Another COVID Surge? : Consider This from NPR Public health officials are warning of a possible surge in COVID cases this winter. How bad it could get depends on how many people take the right precautions, according to Dr. Ashish Jha. We talk to the White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator about bracing for the next potential wave.

Even if a COVID surge doesn't happen, there are plenty of respiratory ailments making a comeback, especially in children. Dr. Ibukun Kalu of Duke Children's Hospital in Durham, North Carolina explains why viruses like RSV are already swamping hospitals with sick kids.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

Are We Ready for Another COVID Surge?

Are We Ready for Another COVID Surge?

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White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha has urged all Americans to take the new COVID-19 Bivalent vaccine booster. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images hide caption

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White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha has urged all Americans to take the new COVID-19 Bivalent vaccine booster.

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Public health officials are warning of a possible surge in COVID cases this winter. How bad it could get depends on how many people take the right precautions, according to Dr. Ashish Jha. We talk to the White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator about bracing for the next potential wave.

Even if a COVID surge doesn't happen, there are plenty of respiratory ailments making a comeback, especially in children. Dr. Ibukun Kalu of Duke Children's Hospital in Durham, North Carolina explains why viruses like RSV are already swamping hospitals with sick kids.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Gabe O'Connor and Erika Ryan. It was edited by Ashley Brown, Christopher Intagliata, and Patrick Jarenwattananon. Our executive producer is Sami Yenigun.