Doctors continue to see slight increase in RSV cases in Maryland

Doctors continue to see slight increase in RSV cases in Maryland
Doctors continue to see slight increase in RSV cases in Maryland

BALTIMORE — This fall has been a busy season for doctors. Not only are they dealing with COVID and flu cases, but they are also seeing an increase in the respiratory syncytial virus better known as RSV.

Maryland hospitals are inundated with a wave of young children with respiratory infections. The increase in RSV patients has filled hospital beds, forcing many sick children to wait in emergency rooms for hours or be transferred to another out-of-state hospital.

“Rsv, which is respiratory syncytial virus is a virus, it’s very contagious and spreads through the air and tends to have a seasonality and that’s it. This is the time of year when we tend to see a lot of these cases, both in patients I look after on the adult side, as well as especially in pediatric scenarios,” said Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos , Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

Symptoms include runny nose, fever and shortness of breath. Many parents may mistake these symptoms for a simple cold, but doctors say that’s what puts children and some adults in bad shape. If RSV is not treated adequately, it can lead to greater risk.

“You know your parenting instincts, you know if your child isn’t improving. If it exceeds this threshold, call your pediatrician and start implementing your action plan for where to take your child. And the same for adults there. , I don’t want RSV to be seen as just a childhood disease, many of my COPD and asthma patients suffer from severe consequences, you know your body better than any doctor. RSV can be fatal in vulnerable populations,” Galiatsatos said.

Governor Hogan has allocated $25 million in public funding to prioritize pediatric intensive care staff, but with doctors struggling with what many are calling a triple demic, involving COVID, influenza and RSV, it may not enough, which is why they’re asking Marylanders to do their part.

“If we as doctors tell you that there is a wave, a storm of viral infections enveloping this face mask. Protect yourself and your children as much as possible,” Galiatsatos said.

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