Cases of nasty childhood virus six times higher than pre-Covid – the 6 signs you need to know...
Cases of nasty childhood virus six times higher than pre-Covid – the 6 signs you need to know
CASES of a nasty childhood virus are on the rise as a result of Covid restrictions easing.
The number of RSV infections is currently six times higher than the same time period in pre-pandemic levels.
RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) is an infection of the lungs and respiratory tract.
It’s similar to the common cold but can be severe in babies under a year old, especially premature babies.
The elderly, people with lung and heart conditions and those with weak immune systems are also more at risk of a serious illness.
Most children have been infected with the virus by age two.
But because of the Covid restrictions, social contacts have been minimised across all age groups, meaning viruses other than Covid have not been in circulation as much.
Since lockdowns have eased up over the spring and summer, cases have soared as youngsters are now exposed to the bug.
Those who would have typically been infected in the past couple of years …
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