RSV Virus Attacking Children’s Respiratory Tract Increases After the Pandemic? This Doctor Says
The pandemic period brought many changes, especially in terms of health. Not long ago, respiratory diseases in children were said to be on the rise due to an increase in the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), Mother.
RSV is one of many viruses that can cause infections in children’s respiratory tract. This virus usually appears in the fall or early spring, but can vary from country to country.
According to the pediatrician, dr. Dian Sulistya Ekaputri, Sp.A, RSV cases were reported to have decreased during the pandemic. Then, the number has increased since September 2022.
“Yesterday during the pandemic the report (RSV) dropped dramatically. Then in 2022 it increased again significantly, especially since last September 2022,” said Dr. Dian to HaiBunda, during an interview recently.
Causes of RSV increased after the pandemic
Doctor Dian explained that as long as the child stays at home, the child is not exposed to the virus. After being allowed to leave the house, many new viruses are recognized by the body.
“So, it’s not just RSV, other infections also tend to increase after the pandemic. Because you could say during the lockdown the children stayed at home. So they were never exposed to anything,” he explained.
“So that when it comes out, now there are many viruses that the body just recognizes. So it is more susceptible to infection,” continued Dian.
At least almost all children will be infected with RSV once before they are two years old, Mother. RSV also has flu-like symptoms in general.
“Almost all children will be infected with RSV at least once before they are 2 years old. For most children, RSV presents with flu-like symptoms. However, some children can become seriously ill from RSV,” he said.
Doctor Dian said that this one virus can be transmitted through fluids that are contaminated with sneezing, sputum or a child’s snot. In addition, the transmission can also be through the surface of other objects that are affected by the virus.
“RSV can be transmitted through sneezing/phlegm/snot from children, dirty hands, or touching surfaces contaminated with the virus,” he said.
In addition to flu symptoms, some children will also have ongoing symptoms, Mother. For example, bronchiolitis to pneumonia, which lasts 5 to 7 days.
“RSV can cause flu-like symptoms, which in some children progress to bronchiolitis or pneumonia. Symptoms generally last 5-7 days,” explained the doctor who practices at Kenak Medika Hospital in Gianyar Bali.
Although it can also be transmitted to adults, this virus is said to be very dangerous in children. What are the facts like?
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