RSV Surge

October 24, 2022
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I think the biggest concern from my perspective is the uncertainty of when the RSV surge will peak and what will happen with influenza as it has started to circulate in the area.

Dr. Thomas Murray, associate medical director for infection prevention at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. Due to a surge of RSV cases, more than 70% of pediatric beds are currently being used, which is the highest it has been in two years.

What is RSV (respiratory syncytial virus)? The CDC describes it as "a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults."

Why It Matters: More than two dozen states are experiencing higher-than-expected non-covid pediatric infections; RSV accounts for many of these cases. The surge is coming earlier than usual, causing hospitals to worry about the upcoming flu season and potential COVID-19 cases, which have typically surged during cooler months.

Over 70% of pediatric hospital beds in US full amid surge of respiratory illnesses (Good Morning America)

by Jenna Lee,