Pediatric Infectious Disease Expert Discusses Rise In Respiratory Virus Affecting Children

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a health advisory regarding the recent rise of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) cases in children.  

According to the agency’s website, the interseasonal increase is happening amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the southern region of the U.S.

Dr. Andi Shane, a pediatric infectious disease expert at Emory University School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, was a guest on Friday’s edition of “Closer Look.

She told show host Rose Scott that RSV was first discovered in the ‘1950s and is spread through respiratory droplets.

Dr. Shane further explained that between 500-1,000 children die every year due to complications of RSV, but said most children recover.

During the conversation, she discussed several other topics, including combating COVID-19 hesitancy and the importance of universal masking for children in schools.

To listen to the full conversation, click the audio player above.