Baby Jesus, respiratory viruses return to affect the youngest after the break from the Covid pandemic – Corriere.it

Baby Jesus, respiratory viruses return to affect the youngest after the break from the Covid pandemic – Corriere.it
Baby Jesus, respiratory viruses return to affect the youngest after the break from the Covid pandemic – Corriere.it

In the last year and a half they had literally disappeared. Today they returned and with a considerable advance in the usual timing. I respiratory viruses, thanks to the precautions from Covid (from masks to spacing and frequent hand hygiene) practically no longer circulated since the spring of 2020. With the easing of the anti-contagion measures of the past months, there has been a real invasion, well ahead of the expected period. This is demonstrated by a study conducted byInfant Jesus pediatric hospital, through a collaboration between the Microbiology and the Emergency Department, its a sample of 500 patients between zero and 18 years, arrived at the emergency room between April and September.

Rhinovirus (in 48.5% of cases), parainfluenza (in 20.4), other coronaviruses not Covid-19 therefore (at 9%) e syncytial, who are responsible for the brionchiolite in young children. Some patients have tested positive for two viruses, or even three at the same time. The symptoms of the remainder of the sample (about one third) are attributable to non-infectious causes – for example allergic asthma – and, more rarely, a bacterial infections.

Another important news is that the Sars Cov2 was detected in less than 3% of cases examined. “So, with cough, fever and cold you don’t necessarily have to think about Covid-19, many other respiratory viruses are circulating come in pre-pandemic era, moreover in advance of the expected period, which is between late autumn and winter, ”he explains Carlo Federico Perno, in charge of Microbiology and Immunology Diagnostics of the Infant Jesus.

A fact that does not mean that from now on we can let our guard down. On the contrary. “Both circulation andseasonal advance in July and August – continues Perno -, they could be a warning: we risk an effect rebound. That is, one promises to be increased circulation of the seasonal flu virus, because of a generalized lowering of the immune defenses, mitigated by not having encountered pathogens for a prolonged time. And here’s why it is of particular importance this year that both adults and children get vaccinated. Implementing adequate preventive measures will also serve a do not generate an increased risk for the health of elderly and frail subjects».

17 October 2021 | 08:55

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