Headline RoundupNovember 21st, 2022

Child Illness Surge Strains Hospitals, Parents

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Hospitals and parents are being strained by an outbreak of the child illness known as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), in addition to seasonal flu cases and continued COVID-19 infections.

Key Quotes: Parents are happily sending kids back to school while "discounting influenza, RSV, rhinovirus, all the other pieces that fit to this respiratory illness puzzle," said Jackie Follansbee, a school nurse in Washington state.

For Context: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data suggest that infants 6 months and younger are being hospitalized with RSV roughly seven times more than they were pre-COVID-19 pandemic. Historically, RSV has been one of the most common viruses found in children, but this year's outbreak has alarmed some doctors enough for them to call on the Biden Administration to declare a national health emergency. That declaration would provide more federal resources to combat the RSV surge, similar to those provided during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

How The Media Covered it: Right-rated sources focused more on how the Biden Administration hasn't declared a national emergency. Left- and center-rated outlets tended to focus more on the challenges facing hospitals, parents, and sick children. Reports across the spectrum highlighted experts who suggested that COVID-19 lockdowns made children more susceptible to infections.

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