RSV is surging. Here’s what to watch for and answers about treatment options


Health experts agree that the unseasonably early surges of RSV cases, especially among children, are a consequence of lifting COVID-19 precautions, which served to protect the public from a variety of viruses.
AP


The unusually high number of RSV infections so early in the year are already pushing hospitals to capacity.
The unusually high number of RSV infections so early in the year are already pushing hospitals to capacity.
As the temperatures drop, the risk of COVID-19 and influenza increases. Additionally, individuals with the respiratory syncytial virus, also known as RSV, have been overrunning hospitals for the past few months. Public health authorities issue a “tripledemic” warning for the next winter.
Hospitals are already at capacity due to the RSV infection rate, which is exceptionally high this early in the year. RSV typically sends thousands of kids to the hospital in the fall and winter, but for the second year in a row, researchers have seen an unusual rise in cases that started in the summer.
RSV often presents in adults as a mild illness with cold-like symptoms, but in very young children, it can lead to pneumonia and bronchiolitis. In infants and elderly people, it can be fatal.
But to what extent should parents be worried? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the RSV infection, who is most at risk, and what may be causing the outbreak this year.

RELATED: Is the US facing a potential ‘tripledemic’ of flu, RSV and COVID-19?


Doctors were concerned that Americans may experience a “twindemic” — an occurrence in which both flu and COVID-19 spread at the same time — when summer came to an end and the United States entered the fall and winter.TRIPLEDEMIC

https://www.newscats.org/is-the-us-facing-a-potential-tripledemic-of-flu-rsv-and-covid-19/


RELATED: Children’s hospitals grapple with a nationwide surge in RSV infections


An unseasonably early spike in respiratory syncytial virus cases among young children is pushing some hospitals to capacity.

https://www.npr.org/2022/10/24/1130764314/childrens-hospitals-rsv-surge


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