The RSV virus dominated respiratory infections among the youngest in the beginning of autumn. There are hospitals with overcrowded infectious wards. – This year we are dealing with a special situation – said Dr. Ewelina Gowin from the Saint Joseph Hospital in Poznań on TVN24.
According to experts, the RSV virus has returned with “redoubled strength”. Recently, doctors have reported a significant increase in the incidence of this virus, especially in children. But whole families are also sick. About the difficult situation in the observation and infectious ward at St. Józefa in Poznań was told on TVN24 by Ewelina Gowin, habilitated doctor of medical sciences, pediatrician and infectious diseases specialist.
– This year we are dealing with a special situation, when so early, at the beginning of autumn, the entire hospital is overcrowded and respiratory infections dominate. Such a major culprit is the RSV virus, which mainly affects the youngest children. But that’s not all, because in the hospital at the moment we also meet other viruses, rotaviruses, noroviruses, adenoviruses, Coxsackie viruses – said the guest of “Live Day”
RSV virus. Symptoms
Gowin also talked about what should alert parents if they suspect their children are infected with RSV.
– RSV causes serious infections of the lower respiratory tract, especially in children under two years of age. In adults, older children, it is a virus that causes symptoms similar to a cold. Runny nose, sore throat, coughing may appear. In the youngest patients, breathing difficulties are the biggest problem. In addition to a runny nose, which gives the impression of a stuffy nose, there is a cough, difficulties in coughing up secretions, and difficulty breathing – said the TVN24 interviewer.
As she added, when parents notice that the smallest children have eating problems, are apathetic, fever appears, it is certainly a very disturbing symptom and each such child should be examined by a doctor personally.
We are in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, so any respiratory disease can potentially be treated as a coronavirus infection. Gowin stated that in her hospital, when admitting new patients, a test was performed that detects the three most common pathogens – SARS-CoV-2, the influenza virus and the RSV virus.
RSV, SARS-CoV-2 viruses. Overcrowded hospitals
Accumulation of morbidity related to respiratory tract infections is very difficult for hospitals.
– These are unfortunately the problems that I have every night, every night. (…) The recruitment of patients to the emergency room is huge, i.e. 150-200 consultations within 24 hours. The doctor has to decide which patient is really the one who needs to be placed in the hospital and which can still go home, because many of these children are able to fight this viral infection at home – described Gowin. She noted that there is no cure for RSV infection, and inhalations – and if necessary – oxygen therapy are used among children in the hospital. – It is she who determines the necessity of admission to the hospital – the interlocutor completed.
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