A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/v8cdWdNaAkM
RSV, covid and flu are keeping kids out of school—parents out of work and unable to gather with their families. We are in the height of the Holiday travel season with sick children and now, older adults filling hospitals nationwide
Flu and RSV usually circulates from late December to mid-February. But this year, an early spike in cases is resulting in markedly higher numbers of infections and hospitalizations.
More importantly, RSV infections among young children and now older adults are filling many U.S. hospitals to capacity.
On average, RSV leads to 58,000 hospitalizations among children under age 5 and 177,000 hospitalizations among adults 65 and older each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To raise awareness about these significant concerns, Dr Emily Volk, President of the College of American Pathologists, conducted a nationwide media tour.
Topics that Dr. Volk addressed included:
- What exactly RSV is and how it spread
- Why we are seeing a surge in RSV cases
- How someone can tell the difference between RSV, Flu, and Covid symptoms
- If families want to travel and be with their families, this holiday season what precautions are needed to do that safely