DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2349-3291.ijcp20213335

Is the surge in respiratory syncytial virus related to the COVID-19 pandemic? a clinical-based review

Shelley Khabieh, Albert Bassoul, Farage Ftiha

Abstract


Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has been around for many years. Symptoms of the virus includes: cough, runny nose, loss of appetite, and a possible ear infection. Often times, the patient presents with bronchiolitis, which eventually escalates to RSV. Children most commonly affected by RSV are between the ages of 0-2. In December 2019, the first case of SARS-CoV-2 was discovered in China. Normally, the RSV virus sparks around the winter months; however, throughout the COVID -19 pandemic, RSV was at its all-time low. When SARS-CoV-2 started to decline in early April 2021, there was a spike in the respiratory syncytial virus among children. 


Keywords


Respiratory syncytial virus, Coronavirus disease 2019, Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, Pediatrics, Virology, Pathology

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