LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – Pediatricians across Kentucky reported a rise in Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in both children and adults. Although a Lexington pediatrician said the cause is not officially known, COVID-19 may be to blame.
“Usually we have this in the winter in Kentucky,” explains Commonwealth Pediatrics Pediatrician Dr. Elizabeth Hawse MD FAAP out. “This is what we’re thinking about during the cold and flu season that we would have, and for whatever reason, probably related to COVID and the fact that we’ve been masked all winter, we didn’t see it and now of course when We’re unmasked, we’re starting to see the normal cold viruses, and unfortunately this virus. This is really late for us to see in Kentucky.”
Hawse said RSV is a virus that responds differently depending on age.
“Adults think this is a cold or allergies. You know, we’re not very sick when we get RSV, and so now a lot of us are vaccinated and we go places with our masks on. If we get a little runny nose, it bothers us.” not,” she said. “But adults shouldn’t be around babies if they feel like they have cold symptoms. In general, this is even pre-COVID, even if you don’t have a fever, because you may have RSV and you’re going to give it to the baby.”
While Hawse said she doesn’t want parents to panic, she does want parents to see if it’s hard for their child to breathe, especially those younger than a year, because they’re at higher risk for a bronchial infection.
She explained: “If your baby has wheezing that you can hear coming from their chest or it seems like they’re breathing fast; they’re waving their nostrils to breathe. See, like they’re really pulling, moving, you know sometimes moving their stomachs instead of their chests, those are things you should call your pediatrician about.”