Covid: unprecedented increase in child hospitalizations in the spring, totally out of control “traditional” respiratory viruses alert American doctors

Since May, doctors at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital in Connecticut have observed a sharp increase in admissions for this time of year. Young patients with a surprising variety of respiratory diseases.

According to the doctors who alerted the country’s health authorities, several respiratory conditions detected in patients suggest that the Covid has disrupted the circulation of viruses “currents“, making health vigilance very complicated for doctors.

According to hospital services, adenoviruses and rhinoviruses, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and human metapneumovirus, influenza or even human Parainfluenza viruses are all diseases that are experiencing an exceptional and hitherto unseen outbreak. To these conditions is added the Covid-19 which would be at the origin of this deregulation of respiratory diseases in children.

“It is not common to see these diseases appear at this time of year, these diseases do not circulate in May and June”Thomas Murray, infectious disease physician and associate professor of pediatrics at Yale Hospital told the Washington Post. “Some children admitted to hospital have been co-infected with two viruses and a few with three“, he added.

Still according to the first elements brought by the doctors, it would seem that more than two years after the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the familiar viruses are now acting in an uncontrolled manner. With unexpected reactions and spreads. Respiratory syncytial virus, known as RSV, for example, was generally limited to typical winter illnesses. The situation has now changed.

Another example, rhinoviruses are now among the diseases that require more frequent hospitalizations. A new phenomenon that appeared with the coronavirus. Influenza, which also generally occurs in winter, was completely overshadowed this winter by cases of the Omicron variant from January.

The Covid virus is therefore not without consequences on other diseases in the past “banal and especially traditional of winter but which are now becoming heavier in terms of pathology”warn the doctors of this children’s hospital.

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