RSV symptoms mirror upper respiratory infections; Advocate Children’s Hospital compares virus surge to ‘March 2020’

RSV symptoms mirror upper respiratory infections; Advocate Children’s Hospital compares virus surge to ‘March 2020’

CHICAGO (TOC) — As a pediatric nurse, Katie Kurnick knew it was time to deliver her 4-year-son Jordan to the emergency room when his chilly signs turned a lot worse.

“I believe I had a little bit of an edge on that, however any mother or father seeing their youngster not with the ability to breathe may be very scary,” Kurnick mentioned.

Jordan was recognized with Respiratory Syncytial Virus, often called RSV. There was a surge of instances throughout the nation, together with the Chicago space.

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Advocate Kids’s Hospital is on excessive alert as its ER and hospital beds are full. Medical doctors are additionally nervous in regards to the flu.

“That is our March of 2020,” mentioned Dr. Frank Belmonte, chief medical officer at Advocate Kids’s Hospital. “That is the pediatric model of the start of the pandemic and it actually taxed all of us for positive.”

RSV is commonest within the winter months and it is the youngest youngsters who’re hospitalized. However this 12 months, RSV has arrived a lot earlier and a few children as much as the age of 6 are needing hospitalization.

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“There may be some hypothesis possibly they weren’t uncovered,” Belmonte mentioned. “There may be hypothesis possibly the pressure of RSV is a little more virulent, simpler.”

To accommodate the surge of instances, Advocate employees are working further shifts and the hospital is being artistic so as to add extra beds.

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“Identical to we did on the grownup facet at the start of COVID, we now have an incident sort of command phenomenon occurring now,” Belmonte mentioned.

RSV signs are just like the widespread chilly. The vast majority of children get better at residence, however when excessive fevers kick in mixed with problem respiratory, a name to the pediatrician or a hospital go to is advisable. The virus should run its course, and thankfully, most youngsters get higher with time.

“Jordan is doing nice he’s residence,” his mother mentioned. “He nonetheless has an inhaler with steroids and all the things, however he is doing nice.”

And with docs getting ready for much more beds to refill with potential flu sufferers within the subsequent few weeks, all youngsters’s Hospitals within the Chicago space and in border states are working collectively to verify there are sufficient beds for each sick youngster.

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