Australia. An alarming increase in the enrollment of immunized children in intensive care for respiratory illnesses

In Australia, hospitals are seeing cases of very young patients being admitted to wards, those immunized children end up in intensive care with respiratory illnesses including respiratory syncytial virus and influenza. To whom they were less open in the last two years.

Australia: Children are not immune to respiratory viruses

An intriguing incident observed in Australia has been reported for several days, especially in the British media. An alarming number of babies and young children born since the onset of the Kovid-19 epidemic, who are not immune to the respiratory virus, have become seriously ill and have recently been taken care of.

According to some Australian doctors, these babies born during a health crisis were severely contracted “because they were exposed to viruses they had never encountered before”, such as influenza, RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and, to a lesser extent, covid 19. In fact, virtually no virus other than SARS-CoV-2 has spread in Australia when these babies were born and raised.

Quoted by Daily Telegraph, Dr Philip Britton, a pediatrician at Westmead Children’s Hospital on the outskirts of Sydney, said an analysis of admissions to the intensive care unit showed that children were being tested for the flu and Covid-19 at the same time.

Thus, last month recorded the services of the hospital in question for four times more admissions for influenza among children than Covid-19.

A situation has been described as “very worrying”

But, with about 5% of children infected with the co-infection being admitted to intensive care, Dr Philip Britton and his colleagues described the situation as “very worrying”.

In addition, it should be noted that almost half of the children did not have any pre-existing health problems, and the high number of admissions put pressure on the Australian hospital system. Some “epidemic children” have chest inflammation, but influenza, Covid-19 and RSV also cause inflammation in the brain and heart.

The latter is a major cause of pneumonia in children and can lead to pneumonia or bronchiolitis, which is especially dangerous in children. In severe cases it can kill infants and young children, whose small airways are not yet fully formed and fight the infection.


Explosion of RSV case in New South Wales

An RSV warning was issued three weeks ago when there were only 355 cases a week in New South Wales, but three weeks later the number stands at 3,775 a week.

About one-fifth of these children developed fatal bronchiolitis and 40% of them were hospitalized.

A. Daily Mail AustraliaInfectious disease researcher Dr John-Sebastian Eden said the three-pronged threat of RSV, influenza and Covid-19 was filling up the emergency department at Sydney’s Westmead Children’s Hospital, calling the situation a “generalized triple epidemic”.

In Australia, the reopening of the border after the lifting of travel bans coincided with the return of influenza to the country and the spread of new strains of RSV.

A respiratory syncytial virus especially affects children

In contrast to Covid-19, young children are particularly affected by this respiratory syncytial virus. While this is usually a winter illness, an Australia that has experienced several lockdowns due to the health crisis, the summer of 2021 has already seen an unexpected increase in RSV cases.

Symptoms include runny nose, cough, loss of appetite and fever. Complications include shortness of breath and shortness of breath, which can lead to pneumonia.

It is the leading cause of lung infections in children, usually causing bronchiolitis.

Severe cases can sometimes lead to death, mainly in very young children. Almost all babies have an RSV infection between the ages of two, but children in their first year of life are more likely to have a serious infection that requires hospitalization because their airways are small. In previous years, children also did not develop immunity to RSV.

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