Youngsters’s Nationwide Close to Capability Amid RSV, COVID Surge – NBC4 Washington

Youngsters’s Nationwide Hospital in Washington, D.C., reached full capability over the weekend because it handled extra kids with RSV, a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and respiratory passages, a hospital official says.

All 323 beds of Youngsters’s Nationwide’s acute care hospital have been stuffed over the weekend, Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Wessel advised News4 on Monday. Of these sufferers, 22 have COVID-19. Beforehand, the hospital’s highest variety of COVID sufferers directly was 18 final winter, when vaccines weren’t broadly accessible.

Some kids and teenagers who get the coronavirus endure from signs months later. News4’s Doreen Gentzler explains how Youngsters’s Nationwide Hospital in D.C. is attempting to assist kids with lengthy COVID.

The hospital is now near capability after some sufferers have been discharged, Wessel mentioned.

Wessel mentioned circumstances of RSV have spiked enormously. The virus is usually seen within the fall and winter, however medical doctors are seeing extra circumstances of it now as kids head again to highschool and mingle with others for the primary time in months.

Wait occasions within the emergency room at Youngsters’s Nationwide might be longer because of the surge, Wessel mentioned. The hospital encourages mother and father to go to their kid’s major care doctor first if it is not a real emergency.

However Wessel mentioned the hospital has been anticipating this surge and no sufferers might be turned away. They’ve sufficient room and sources to deal with everybody who walks via the door.

“We’ve been planning for this for a lot of weeks. We work intently with the town and the Division of Well being to place these surge plans in place. For instance, we could have extra acute care sufferers keep within the emergency division. We even have surge capability outdoors the working rooms and in restoration areas as properly,” Wessel mentioned.

Signs of RSV an infection often embody runny nostril, lower in urge for food, coughing, sneezing, fever and wheezing, based on the CDC. Signs often are available in levels and never .

Very younger infants could solely present irritability, decreased exercise and respiratory difficulties, the CDC says.

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