Infections with the respiratory virus, Delta, are on the rise among children.
According to media sources, in addition to an increase in instances of the Delta variety, the United States is also seeing an increase in cases of respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, a highly contagious, flu-like illness that is more likely to harm children and the elderly.
According to the New York Times, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that RSV infections had been steadily increasing since early June, with an even bigger jump in the last month. Runny nose, coughing, sneezing, and fever are all symptoms of RSV. It usually starts spreading in the fall, so the summer increase is rare.
In a series of tweets, Dr Heather Haq, a paediatrician at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, said. “After many months of zero or few pediatric COVID cases, we are seeing infants, children and teenagers with Covid pouring back into the hospital, more and more each day,
Patients have ranged in age from two weeks to seventeen years old, with some having COVID pneumonias, according to Haq.
“We are on the front end of a huge COVID surge. We are now having winter-level patient volumes of acutely ill infants/toddlers with RSV, and I worry that we will run out of beds and staff to handle the surge upon surge,” Haq tweeted.
According to data from the New York Times, new infections in the United States have increased by 148 percent in the last two weeks, while hospitalizations have increased by 73 percent.
Many schools are poised to open around the country, raising the risk of youngsters becoming sick, according to health officials.
According to the research, RSV infections in Texas began to rise in early June and peaked in the middle of July, according to the Texas health agency.
According to a virus surveillance study, a similar surge in RSV cases was found in Florida, where infections “were above those seen at this time in previous years.”
According to CNN, instances in Louisiana have increased by 244 percent in the last two weeks.
The Oklahoman newspaper quoted Dr. Cameron Mantor, chief medical officer for OU Health’s Oklahoma Children’s Hospital, as saying that RSV cases in Oklahoma have gone “exponentially off the charts.”
RSV infection cases have also increased in countries such as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.