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Respiratory diseases on the upswing

Some of the ways you protected yourself from COVID-19 could come in handy again this fall. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of new cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has tripled over the last two months, with severe cases sending toddlers and babies to the hospital. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that local hospitals are seeing an increase in the number of RSV cases and hospitalizations, but nothing that has had a drastic impact on the care of its patients, like postponing visits and procedures. Door County Medical Center Head Pediatrician, Dr. Ann Fogarty says they are seeing the same locally. She says kids are being introduced to some of these viruses for the first time due to COVID-19 precautions, adding that a little extra tender, loving care, is all you may need to fight against it.

 

 

She adds that just like when COVID-19 was at its peak, you should be extra vigilant with your hand washing and surface cleaning.

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