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Minnesota seeing early RSV season, severity unclear


November 14, 2022

Andrey Popov, TNS - TNS

For most people, RSV causes mild, cold-like symptoms, including a stuffy nose, cough and fever, but the virus can be serious or even fatal for infants, children with compromised immune systems and the elderly.

A surprise early start to the winter respiratory virus season is clogging pediatric hospitals in Minnesota with sick and wheezing children.

The uptick is mostly from RSV and influenza, and a little COVID-19.

"Our emergency departments are seeing volumes that we have never seen before and the hospital capacity situation is worse than it has ever been overall during COVID," said Dr. John Hick, medical director for emergency preparedness at HCMC in Minneapolis.


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