Health Experts Warn Of Flu And RSV Risk At Holiday Gatherings


GETTING SICK AND ARE BEING GIVEN ADVICE NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR. MAY BE BETTER TO STAY HOME. HOSPITALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE BEING PUSHED TO THE LIMIT. EMERGENCY ROOMS ARE FILLING UP WITH CASES OF COVID-19, THE FLU AND RSV. THE RESPIRATORY VIRUS THAT CAN MAKE CHILDREN UNDER A YEAR OLD EXTREMELY SICK.

>> THERE HAVE BEEN DAYS WE HAVE HAD 30 TO 40 CHILDREN WAITING IN OUR EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS WAITING FOR AN IN-PATIENT BED. AND THAT’S UNPRECEDENTED. >> Reporter: IN NEW ENGLAND CASES OF RSV ARE DOWN, BUT FLU IS UP. SOME HOSPITALS IN BOSTON SAY THEIR PEDIATRIC ICUs ARE MAXED OUT. THE BACKUP BEGINS IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM.

>> WE HAVE LARGE NUMBERS OF PATIENTS IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AWAITING A BED, MANY FOR 12, EVEN SOMETIMES MORE THAN 24 PLUS HOURS. >> Reporter: IN OHIO THEY WAITED 11 HOURS WHILE SUFFERING FROM A SEVERE DAYS OF RSV. HIS PARENTS NOTICED HE WAS STRUGGLING TO BREATHE. >> HE WAS COUGHING. HE WASN’T EATING.

AND HE HAD A SILENT CRY. >> YOU COULD SEE HIM PHYSICALLY CRYING BUT HE WASN’T MAKING A SOUND. >> Reporter: HE WAS ADMITTED TO THE CLEVELAND CLINIC AND INTUBATED.

HE WENT INTO RESPIRATORY ARREST BUT WAS STABILIZE AND IS NOW RECOVERING AT HOME. >> YOU SAW A HOSPITAL SYSTEM STRESSED REALLY THIN.

Health Experts Warn Of Flu And RSV Risk At Holiday Gatherings

DOES THAT MAKE YOU CONCERNED? >> IT WORRIES ME FOR PEOPLE THAT DON’T HAVE A COUPLE OF NIGHTS AWAY FROM A LOW CLASS HOSPITAL THAT WE HAD TO WAIT SO LONG FOR AN AMBULANCE AND BED. >> Reporter: ANOTHER COMPLICATION, A NATIONAL SHORTAGE OF DRUGS LIKE AMOXICILLIN. AN ANTIBIOTIC USED TO TREAT BACTERIAL INFECTIONS WHICH COULD BE TRIGGERED BY RESPIRATORY VIRUSES. >> PROVIDERS ARE PRESCRIBING ALTERNATIVES.

PARENTS ARE FRUSTRATED BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO GO TO A NUMBER OF PHARMACIES. >> Reporter: TAKE A RAPID TEST. CONSIDER WEARING A MASK IF YOU ARE VULNERABLE. INCREASE VENTILATION. STAY AT HOME IF YOU ARE FEELING SICK.

HOSPITALS ARE STRAINED FROM COAST TO COAST. WE REACHED OUT THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL IN SEATTLE AS WELL. THEY HAVE BEEN AT 200% FACILITY ALL MONTH AND AT TIMES IT HAS SURGED TO 300%.

HARD TO IMAGINE A HOSPITAL ABLE TO SUSTAIN THAT FOR VERY LONG. >> EVERYWHERE YOU GO, ESPECIALLY LITTLE KIDS.

THEY SAID THESE FEVERS ARE LASTING FIVE, SIX, SEVEN DAYS OR LONGER, COUGHS LASTING WEEKS. THEY ARE.

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