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Hospitals across the US experience an alarming surge of respiratory viruses

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Hospitals across the United States are experiencing a surge in respiratory viruses in infants, children, and adults, most of which is respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). We are also seeing an increase in influenza and COVID-19. Most children’s hospitals are running over capacity due to the rapid spread of RSV.

Public service announcement from NICD [Photo: National Institute for Communicable Diseases]

according to report, As of Nov. 7, 76% of U.S. pediatric hospital beds were occupied, and as more children are hospitalized, the number of intensive care unit (ICU) beds for the sickest children is It’s over capacity.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), RSV is a seasonal virus that infects almost all children by the age of two. Most cases of RSV cause mild cold-like symptoms, but can also cause serious illnesses such as bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lungs) and pneumonia (infection of the lungs). CDC annually RSV 58,000-80,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized and 100-300 die.

Infants are particularly susceptible to RSV infection. Respiratory viruses cause the body to produce excess mucus and can block small airways in babies who need help breathing. Children under the age of 2 with heart disease (present at birth), immunocompromised children, and children with neuromuscular disorders are at greatest risk.

The season has also seen an increase in RSV cases among the elderly. As reported by CNN Health, 6 in 100,000 senior citizen Hospitalized with RSV. Her RSV infection in the elderly is also dangerous and can cause problems similar to those seen in infants.

of CDC It is estimated that between 60,000 and 120,000 elderly people are hospitalized with RSV in the United States each year, of whom 6,000 to 10,000 die from the infection. Adults over the age of 65 are most at risk of severe infections, as are older people with chronic heart or lung disease and those with weakened immune systems.of report They also noted that the rate of respiratory syncytial virus infection in the elderly, while lower than in children, is still unusually high.

Hospitals across the country are flooded with respiratory infections. Many have reached capacity due to pediatric RSV, but flu and his COVID-19 cases are also starting to rise. Many hospitals were at capacity and had to install overflow tents to meet patient demand.

California Secretary of Health and Human Services Mark Gary announced that the state is addressing three issues. threat: RSV, Influenza, COVID-19.He said positive test rates for RSV rivals had peaked from other years, with 33% of children testing positive in the state in early November. first announced by death of children under 5 years of age infected with influenza and respiratory syncytial virus.

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