Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is gaining steam in the United States as the population relaxes and takes less precautions in the face of a decline in coronavirus cases. in country.
health officials and pediatricians said they are registering an unusually high number of RSV cases, which are usually more common in the fall and winter (The United States is in summer at the moment). RSV and flu infections fell sharply during the coronavirus pandemic, according to officials, likely due to social distancing, use of masks and hygiene measures. Which had become customary from March last year.
“The things we did to protect ourselves from COVID are also excellent to prevent us from catching the flu and RSV”, He said chuli uloaa pediatric infectious disease specialist and assistant professor at UC Irvine School of Medicine, according to wall street journal. “As everything is resting, We’re probably going to see a rebound in some of these common infections that we usually see outside of a pandemic.“she added.
RSV is a virus easily communicable that infects the respiratory tract. it’s so common that Almost all children are infected by the age of two, according to health officials. Adults can also get and spread it, and it is possible to be infected more than once. it spreads coughs, sneezes and drops from surfaces, see The Wall Street Journal.
For most, the result of infection is a . It is possible winter, although it can also cause a cause Severe illness in infants, young children and older adultsEspecially those with pre-existing health problems. It is the most common cause of pneumonia and bronchiolitis in children under one year of age in the United States.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Health officials said RSV cases are increasing especially in the southern states of the North American country. on June 10, CDC issues alert to healthcare providers and caregivers about rise in infections and urged them to get tested for RSV. He told people working in the health and childcare sector Avoid going to work when sickEven if the COVID-19 tests are negative.
children’s health, Dallas-based hospital system saw an increase in RSV cases in May, and confirmed 279 infections in the first 21 days of JuneAccording to information from The Wall Street Journal, little has been observed during the fall and winter.
Each year, the VRS is approximately . Causes 58,000 hospitalizations and 100 to 500 deaths of children under five, As well as 177,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths in adults over the age of 65, according to the CDC.
Symptoms in infants and young children may include irritability, lack of energy, or loss of appetite, as well as cough, fever, or wheezing.
Most children and adults recover after a week or two. There are no vaccines yet, and there are only a few specific treatments other than supportive care, such as pain relievers and fluids. In the most severe cases, additional oxygen may be needed.