RSV Surge, Hospitals are Overwhelmed

Dr. BCW talks RSV Surge as Hospitals are overwhelmed. Here’s What You Need to Know.

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With the holidays around the corner and RSV on the rise, health officials are urging people to take precautions. “Unlike Covid, R.S.V. can spread when people touch contaminated surfaces, “Emily Martin, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health told the New York Times.  “It also spreads through respiratory droplets. So it’s a good idea to disinfect surfaces, particularly in settings like day care centers, where young children are constantly touching things, sneezing on things and sticking them in their mouths.”

While recent headlines are often about young children getting RSV, anyone can catch the virus and everyone is advised to take steps to avoid getting sick. “It’s important to know that RSV can affect all ages,”  Dr. Bayo Curry-Winchell, Urgent Care Medical Director and Physician, Carbon Health and Saint Mary’s Hospital tells us. “It’s a viral illness that has a wide range of symptoms and severity that can resemble the common cold or respiratory distress (a term used to describe a display of struggling to breath that requires emergency care and hospitalization). Those under the age of one, or over the age of 65, or someone with underlying health conditions such as lung disease (asthma) are at an increased risk for complications.”…

See what else Dr. BCW has to share as she answers questions for Eat This, Not That as they discuss RSV surge hospitals are overwhelmed