“More concerned of just RSV overwhelming the hospital more than COVID just in pediatrics.”
The American press may be failing us, once again, on its coverage of the coronavirus.
Current reports stress that COVID-19 is surging among children, and the “experts” quickly stress vaccines and mask-mandates in response.
The Food and Drug Administration must work “aggressively” toward authorizing a Covid-19 vaccine for children under age 12, the head of the American Academy of Pediatrics wrote in a letter to Dr. Janet Woodcock, acting commissioner of the FDA.
The urgent plea comes as the U.S. experienced the “largest week-over-week percentage increase in pediatric Covid cases since the start of the pandemic,” Dr. Lee Savio Beers, the academy’s president, wrote in the letter Thursday.
Pediatric cases of Covid-19 have soared in recent weeks in part because of the highly contagious delta variant, raising worries among parents and doctors just as schools are reopening for the fall semester.
But is that the case? While COVID-19 numbers may be rising among children, it is also true that we are seeing a surge of Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) that is resulting in hospitalizations. RSV is a common respiratory virus that usually results in mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two. Still, RSV can be severe, especially for infants. It is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia (infection of the lungs) in this country’s children younger than one year of age.
For example, a rise in RSV infections is reported in Albuquerque, partially attributed to the lack of regular infections after lockdowns and restrictions have ended.
Health officials monitoring COVID-19 are now seeing another dangerous trend nationwide. There’s been a rise in cases of the respiratory syncytial virus or RSV, which can be deadly for young children. Doctors said RSV is very common during the winter months but disappeared during the pandemic with people masking up. Now, we are seeing it spread at an unusual time.
Across the country, cases of RSV are soaring. Here in New Mexico, the numbers are also going up. “We are certainly seeing it here,” Dr. John Pederson at Presbyterian said. “We are seeing more off-season cases of RSV than we usually do.”
RSV, not COVID-19, is being blamed for the lack of pediatric bed space in Oklahoma.
Pediatric bed space is scarce at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital, but COVID-19 isn’t to blame, a leader of the hospital said Thursday.
Rather, it’s largely RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, driving high numbers of hospitalizations for kids. The virus — normally seen in the winter months — has gone “absolutely, exponentially off the charts” over the past two months, said Dr. Cameron Mantor, chief medical officer for Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health.
Other children’s hospitals in the state are facing the same situation, Mantor said. And nursing staff shortages also play a role, with many nurses having left the workforce after a “horribly stressful year,” he said.
Hospitals may have more physical beds available than staff available to care for people in them.
“RSV is a real issue right now,” he said.
The South, which Biden bureaucrats have criticized for COVID-19 response issues, is dealing with a significant surge.
Texas has been proven to have an increase in the RSV cases, which began in the first week of June and peaked in mid-July. The full report of the state’s RSV cases is published in the Texas Department of State Health Services. Along with Texas, the state of Florida also experiences a surge of respiratory-related cases that had been marginal, according to the state’s records from the past years.
Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Louisiana, along with other pediatric institutes, has recorded a whopping 244% increase in RSV cases. CNN reports that the hospitals from the state are almost exceeding their full capacity due to the respiratory virus.
As an aside, I would like to know precisely how many pediatric cases come from illegal immigrants who have recently streamed across our border.
— Who Dat (@jayhawklove) August 7, 2021
Medical professionals express concern about what they see in the hospital wards.
“Where kids had not been exposed to their normal viral load that they are typically exposed to throughout the year, once they got back together and people started to be exposed to these viruses again we’ve seen a huge increase,” [Dr. Derek Jones at Family Medicine Center] said. “The kids are sicker than usual because their immune systems hadn’t got the little exposures that tweak their antibodies throughout the year, so these kids are quite sick when they’re catching RSV.”
Both Dr. Jones and [Dr. Mariana Lanata, a pediatric infectious disease specialist with Marshall Health] say they are seeing hospitalizations increase in children with RSV, something that is concerning as school has not yet started.
“More concerned of just RSV overwhelming the hospital more than COVID just in pediatrics,” said Dr. Lanata.
Just follow the science!
Fascinating. Looking at the @CDCgov 's COVID-NET, you see that it has been the 0-4 year olds driving up COVID hospitalization rates recently. 5-17 year olds have decreased/remained stable. I wonder if the recent RSV surge is resulting in some infant RSV cases being labeled COVID. pic.twitter.com/9qJQHvtKYy
— Tracy Høeg, MD, PhD (@TracyBethHoeg) August 5, 2021
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