Parents are turning to social media to alert other parents about the RSV epidemic that is sweeping the country.
RSV patients now make up 75% of the pediatric beds. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center even called the National Guard to assist.
Doctors warn the public about a triple threat this winter, warning them to be prepared for RSV, flu, and COVID-19. Two new variants of the virus have also been added.
How can you tell if you have a certain illness?
RSV looks like a severe cold. It causes a runny or stuffy nose, coughing, wheezing and fever. Nasal flaring is another sign for little ones. Nasal flaring can be a sign that they are struggling to breathe.
Flu symptoms include fatigue, body pains, headaches, and general discomfort. With COVID-19, it’s those symptoms, plus loss of taste or smell, sore throat, nausea and diarrhea.
“It’s very important to make sure that you’re staying masked, getting vaccinated for flu and COVID to prevent severe illness and hospitalization [and] making sure that if you’re not feeling well you’re staying home,” said Dr. Eric Ascher of Lenox Hill Hospital.