The Richmond/Petersburg area rounds out the top 5 on a list of U.S. cities expected to see a high level of cold and flu symptoms between Dec. 25 and Dec. 31.
Using a self-report data collection method from consumers, the popular website WebMD says the Southern, Pacific and Midwest regions will see the spike next week.
The Richmond/Petersburg area is No. 5 on the list. Washington, D.C. is 11th and the Norfolk/Portsmouth/Newport News area is 15th.
WebMD’s top 20 cities likely to see an increase in cold and flu symptoms during the holidays:
San Diego, CA
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
Los Angeles, CA
Cedar Rapids/Waterloo/Iowa City/Dubuque, IA
Kansas City, MO/KS
Oklahoma City, OK
Ft. Smith/Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers, AR/OK
Norfolk/Portsmouth/Newport News, VA
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
Providence/New Bedford, RI/MA
Green Bay/Appleton, WI
First reported by David Hylton on NBC12