Omicron variant of the coronavirus is not the most prevalent virus in Colorado schools, according to a state medical official.
Dr Reginald Washington, the chief doctor at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, says the respiratory syncytial virus spreads more among children in and around the Denver area than the coronavirus.
“RSV is very contagious and very prevalent in the school system as well as in daycares and homes. So RSV is definitely the winner,” Washington said, according to KDVR.
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RSV is a contagious virus that causes infections of the respiratory tract. Infants and the elderly are most at risk for serious infection, which can make it difficult for some children to breathe.
RSV causes between 100 and 500 deaths in children each year under five, according to the CDC. There are approximately 14,000 deaths each year of the virus in adults over 65 years of age.
Overall, doctors in Colorado say RSV is the main virus infecting children, followed by COVID and then adenovirus.
Washington has warned parents not to let their guard down if their child tests negative for the coronavirus but has symptoms similar to COVID.
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“The only thing that worries me is that if a parent gets tested for COVID on their child and is negative, they assume they can let their guard down when they really can’t. not because these other viruses can be just as serious. Washington added.
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Doctors and researchers said late last month they had not seen evidence showing the omicron variant of the virus was more dangerous for children than other variants. The number of pediatric hospitalizations for the coronavirus has increased, however, including in a handful of states reporting record numbers.
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“COVID is increasing its prevalence. It doesn’t make children as sick as adults, but there are children, especially those at risk – they would be children who are obese, have chronic kidney or heart disease, or other breathing problems. illnesses – tend not to do as well with COVID, ”Washington added.