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University of Oklahoma health researchers study wastewater to overcome COVID-19, flu outbreak

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FILE - This 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratory shows particles of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, was isolated from a patient in the US, emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the laboratory. Fluvoxamine, a low-cost antidepressant, reduces the need for hospitalization in at-risk adults, according to a study published in The Lancet Global Health on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. high with COVID-19. (NIAID-RML via AP)

FILE – This 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – Rocky Mountain Laboratory shows particles of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, was isolated from a patient in the US, emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the laboratory. Fluvoxamine, a low-cost antidepressant, reduces the need for hospitalization in at-risk adults, according to a study published in The Lancet Global Health on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. high with COVID-19. (NIAID-RML via AP)

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – University of Oklahoma Health researchers tested wastewater for viruses, including the flu and COVID-19.

OU Health officials say they are detecting high levels of flu in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Officials worry that COVID, flu and other respiratory illnesses will all spike this winter.

“So the real issue here is can we handle all of this at once? Do we have the capacity to handle all these patients, get them vaccinated, hospitalized if needed. That’s our thing, it’s our concern,” said Phil Maytubby of the Oklahoma City-County Health Department.

FILE - This 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratory shows particles of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, was isolated from a patient in the US, emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the laboratory. Fluvoxamine, a low-cost antidepressant, reduces the need for hospitalization in at-risk adults, according to a study published in The Lancet Global Health on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. high with COVID-19. (NIAID-RML via AP)
FILE – This 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – Rocky Mountain Laboratory shows particles of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, was isolated from a patient in the US, emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the laboratory. Fluvoxamine, a low-cost antidepressant, reduces the need for hospitalization in at-risk adults, according to a study published in The Lancet Global Health on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. high with COVID-19. (NIAID-RML via AP)

Researchers are testing wastewater to prevent disease outbreaks.

Statewide flu vaccination rates are low, according to health officials.

Vaccination appointments for anyone 5 years of age or older can be made in the following ways:

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