One may anticipate that as COVID-19’s threat fades, we will all be free and enjoy life.
Today, though, it seems like there are sick children wherever you look. Children’s hospitals are said to be full, and pediatricians reportedly care for an endless stream of patients.
Despite low vaccination rates among youngsters, COVID-19 is not the primary cause of the present influx of illnesses. Every year, doctors see peaks in young people suffering from common respiratory infections, such as RSV, rhinovirus, and influenza.
Why Are Infections Increasing Right Now?
The strategies used to contain the COVID-19 pandemic—social exclusion, masking, and school closings—were effective. They stopped kids from catching and spreading COVID-19. They decreased the incidence of other respiratory viruses like the flu to all-time lows.
According to a new study in the journal Chest, admissions to pediatric intensive care units for bronchiolitis and pneumonia—potential respiratory virus complications—fell dramatically from April to June 2020.
Respiratory infections are seeing a comeback now that masks are being removed and classrooms are once more full.
Parents typically notice a period of frequent illness when children start attending daycare or preschool, which later fades into a more manageable routine. Children get sick less frequently as they develop immunity to various viruses. The pandemic hampered this process.
Most children did not encounter prevalent viruses during the lockdown, which they typically would have done when they were younger.
What Viruses Are Going Around Now?
Furthermore, RSV, which typically only causes mild cold symptoms, can cause respiratory problems in small infants; rhinovirus (or common cold), flu, parainfluenza, and COVID-19 are among the contemporary viruses in circulation.
When infected with a virus like RSV, most people won’t become seriously ill or need hospitalization, but they are still under observation.