Cases of infection with the so-called RSV have been on the rise since May. According to health authorities, the way the contagions spread is similar to that of the coronavirus.
The respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is gaining traction in the United States as the population relaxes and takes fewer precautions in the face of the decline in coronavirus cases.
Health authorities and pediatricians said they register an unusually high number of RSV cases, which tend to be more common in the fall and winter (the United States is currently in summer). According to authorities, infections with RSV and flu fell sharply during the coronavirus pandemic, probably due to social distancing, the use of masks, and hygiene measures that have become customary since March last year.
According to Wall, Chulie Ulloa, a pediatric infectious disease specialist and associate professor at UC Irene School of Medicine, said, "The things we were doing to protect ourselves from COVID were to protect us from the flu and RSV. They are also very good. " The Street Journal
As everything is winding down, we are probably going to see a rebound in some of these common infections that we normally see outside of a pandemic, " he added.
RSV is an easily infectious virus that infects the respiratory tract. It is so common that almost all children are infected within two years, according to health authorities. Adults can also get and spread it, and it is possible to become infected more than once. It is spread through cough droplets, sneezes, and surfaces, according to The Wall Street Journal.
For most, the infection can lead to a cold. However, it can also cause serious illness in infants, young children, and older adults, particularly those with pre-existing health problems. For example, it is the most common cause of pneumonia and bronchiolitis in babies under one year of age in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The health authorities reported that RSV cases are increasing, especially in the southern states of the North American country. On June 10, the CDC alerted health care providers and caregivers about the increase in infections and urged them to test for RSV. In addition, they asked people who work in the health and childcare sector to avoid going to work if they are sick, even if they test negative for COVID-19.
According to information from The Wall Street Journal, children's Health, a Dallas-based hospital system, noticed an increase in RSV cases in May and confirmed 279 infections in the first 21 days of June, after seeing very few during the fall and winter.
Each year, RSV causes about 58,000 hospitalizations and between 100 and 500 deaths in children under the age of fiveand 177,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths in adults over 65, according to the CDC.
Symptoms in infants and young children can include irritability, lack of energy, decreased appetite, coughing, fever, or wheezing.
Most children and adults get better after a week or two. However, there are no vaccines yet. 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.