Why are we concerned about the RSV surge in children’s hospitals in the US?

In some children’s hospitals in the United States, there is a surge in common respiratory conditions that can cause serious breathing problems in babies. RSV cases have dropped dramatically two years ago as the pandemic closed schools, day care centers and businesses. With restrictions easing in the summer of 2021, doctors have generally seen a startling increase in the fall-winter virus. Now back again. And doctors are preparing for the potential that a combination of RSV, flu and COVID-19 could stress hospitals. Dr. at Children’s Hospital in Connecticut, who caused patients to rush to hospital because of RSV. “I call this an emergency,” said Juan Salazar. “Playrooms and other spaces that aren’t normally used as beds. The agency has been exploring ways to use the National Guard Field Hospital, but is putting that option aside for now. A runny nose, cough, and fever. Short for respiratory syncytial virus, a common cause of the same mild cold-like symptoms: Almost all American children are usually infected with RSV by the age of 2. Babies and people with weakened immune systems can spread RSV for up to four weeks. There is no vaccine for this, but several candidates are being tested.However, it poses the greatest threat to infants, the elderly and other vulnerable people who may develop serious respiratory and lung infections. Among American children under 5 years of age, RSV is usually Causes 58,000 hospitalizations and up to 500 deaths RSV causes 177,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths annually among adults over the age of 65. Dr. of Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, where more than 40 children are infected with RSV. “That’s when we started to worry,” said Melanie Kitagawa, “and we see them using the muscles of their chest to help them breathe.” These are children who have trouble taking their medications because they can’t control it.” Now, why is it increasing? We’re encountering a very vulnerable baby and child population that the virus was protected from. From a common bug during the pandemic lockdown. According to Dr. Elizabeth Mack of the University of South Carolina Medical School, the immune system is only two years old. You may not be ready to fight the virus with the above masking. Release it. She said the surge came earlier than usual this year. For babies, the mother may not have contracted RSV during pregnancy, which may cause little or no harm to the children. The disease they’re talking about is at least in part due to the flu that spread early in most parts of the South, CDC figures show that more than 7,000 tests have tested positive for RSV over the past week, which is more than the previous surge. There is no specific treatment, so it’s a matter of managing your symptoms and allowing the virus to progress. Your doctor may prescribe oral steroids or inhalers to make breathing easier. In severe cases, hospitalized patients will need oxygen, breathing You can use a tube or a ventilator What does your doctor recommend You are sick During RSV season, an injection of an antibody-based drug is sometimes prescribed to protect premature babies and other very vulnerable babies Your child has serious breathing problems If you’re concerned about having a child with RSV, “don’t hesitate,” says Dr. Russell Migita of Seattle Children’s Hospital, where RSV is on the rise, go to the emergency room or call 911. Care. Saturday in Chicago, Dr. Juanita Mora is a doctor for children ages 3 to 10. I’ve seen a family of five children all with RSV, afraid of what’s going to happen this winter, she’s telling everyone to get a flu shot and a COVID-19 booster. “We don’t want a triple pandemic, a triple pandemic,” Mora said. said by James Pol, Associated Press/Report for America reporter. lard is Colombia, South Carolina. Contributed by AP Medical Writer Mike Stobbe.___AP Communications Health and Sciences is supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Science Education Department. AP assumes full responsibility for all content.
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