SAO PAULO – No. autumn and no Winterthe number of children admitted to hospital in hospitals – mainly those under two – has increased respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). belonging to the genre pneumovirus, RSV is one of the major causes of acute respiratory infection. The virus affects the bronchi and lungs, causing diseases such as bronchiolitis and pneumonia.
However, the fact that families became isolated in their homes in 2020 and 2021 – due to the coronavirus pandemic new coronavirus – reduced the number of children infected with RSV, which caused a backlog of cases earlier this year.
Next Wednesday 18 Estadão Thinking Forum presents event “Bronchitis and pneumonia can attack even indoors – prevent your warrior from fighting RSV”, sponsored by astraZeneca. In addition to experts on signs and symptoms, prevention, and risks of exacerbation, families facing the disease also tell their stories.
In children under two years of age, the virus causes about 75% of bronchitis and 20% of pneumonia.
There is no vaccine against RSV. Only for babies born below 28 weeks of gestation or for risk factors such as babies with bronchopulmonary dysplasia and congenital heart disease Ministry of Health provides palivizumab, a specific antibody to the syncytial virus that is used once a month for five months, before the period of the strongest circulation in the virus, to avoid severe forms of the disease.
In this way, the most important way to avoid infection is prevention. Measures include: avoiding poorly ventilated environments and agglomerations, maintaining basic hygiene and avoiding contact of children with signs of the disease.
If symptoms occur, it is important to seek medical attention. Only a health care professional can confirm the disease and prescribe the right treatment.
When making a diagnosis, the doctor takes into account the patient’s clinical condition and the need to perform blood tests and collect secretions from the nose and throat, for example, to detect the virus. A chest X-ray may also be requested.
Organized by the Estadão Think Forum, the event will be attended by specialists and influencers who will discuss and guide the signs and symptoms.
There are limited venues for the event at Unibes Cultural (Rua Oscar Freire, 2500, Sumaré). It is also possible to follow the event online. by clicking here.
To interact with the speakers, use this link and submit your questions.
Symptoms of bronchiolitis:
- Nasal discharge
- Dry cough
- low fever
- Sore throat
- Difficulty breathing
Symptoms of pneumonia:
- High fever
- Chest pain
- Blood pressure changes
- Yellowish or greenish mucus
- heavy sweating
- Shortness of breath