Medical directors in Michigan said that hospitals are already filled with children battling Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) as the number of cases continues to increase.
Current Situation of Hospitals in Michigan
Medical directors from the different hospitals in Michigan admitted that they are already filled with children battling RSV. According to medical expert Dr. Frank McGeorge, RSV is a common virus and is easy to spread especially during this flu season.
Dr. Russell Faust, Oakland County Medical Director, said that “hospitals have been filling up with vulnerable kids battling the virus who are four and under,” Likewise, Beata Mostafavi, a spokesperson a the University of Michigan Mott’s Children’s Hospital, also warned that their unit is extremely full.
Furthermore, children who are suffering and battling RSV needs are having difficulties in breathing. They need air ventilator machines or equipment. Those who are in critical condition due to complications need to be admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Hossain Marandi, hospital president at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, said that “We are also evaluating every admission to assure that when a critically ill child needs care, we can say yes.”
What To Do If Your Child Has RSV Symptoms?
A medical expert warned that if your child experienced the RSV symptoms, they need to have an immediate check-up, The U.S. Sun reports. They noted especially those children who are suffering from shortness of breath, or are “hungry for air”.
Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, fever, and loss of appetite. On the other hand, people who contract the virus tend to recover within two weeks.