US in respiratory crisis: 2/3 Americans infected, experts warn of escalating threats! 

Respiratory illness surge hits two-thirds of US population
Respiratory illness surge hits two-thirds of US population

United States: The cases of respiratory illnesses have been witnessing an upsurge and the rate has reached up to high to very high levels as two-thirds of the population of the United States is infected.

Health experts have mentioned that the spike has been following the annual trend as majorly the major upsurge in the cases is witnessed post-holidays – as people travel from one country to another and are in close contact with each other.

The majority of the cases are because of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19), influenza (flu), Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection, and the common cold, according to CBN News.

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The health experts have also warned that these cases are expected to increase continuously for a few weeks. In addition to this, they have warned that the situation might get worse.

During an interview with CBN News, Virginia Patient First Family and Geriatric Medicine Specialist – Dr Donald Curtis mentioned, “It’s probably going to get worse before it gets better.”

Curtis further emphasized testing to identify the disease because symptoms of respiratory illnesses overlap. To be noted, the common symptoms include sore throat, cough, fever as well as body aches; additionally, some of the severe symptoms are chest pain and breathing.

Along with this, Dr Curtis was quoted saying, “We think influenza has a more sudden onset after you contract the virus, within usually one to four or five days. COVID-19 symptoms may start between two and 14 days after you contract the virus.”

Prescription and medications against viruses!

Besides vaccines, healthcare personnel advise patients to take oral medications as soon as they develop any symptoms. While addressing concern, Dr Curtis stated, “With influenza, we have an antiviral medication called Tamiflu, which is only helpful if started within 48 hours from the beginning of your illness.”

Furthermore, he said, “For COVID-19, there is an oral medication called Paxlovid, which can be started within five days of the onset of your symptoms.”

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However, there is no antiviral medication against RSV; the severe cases of the infection are mostly treated with IV fluids, oxygen, and mechanical ventilation. The infection can be comforted by acetaminophen or ibuprofen as well and mild cases can be treated at home. The officials noted that mostly young children and older populations are infected with RSV.

The concern was addressed by another Virginian Pediatrician – Dr Leah Rowland, “RSV is a virus that many of us are familiar with, unfortunately, that can really hit the little kids hard. The little ones, the infants. Hospitalizations happen every single year from RSV,” as per CBN News.

Further, Dr Rowland advised a natural cough suppressant for children above one-year-old. He said, “In general, the cough medicines we don’t recommend across the board. They have other components in them that aren’t necessarily useful or helpful for kids. One that is useful is over-the-counter honey for a year or more; sometimes, that can soothe the throat and give them a little relief,” as per CBN News.

Moreover, he suggested that cough and congestion can also be relieved by warm showers or using a humidifier.

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