“We’ve never seen the numbers we’re seeing at this time of the year. Usually, this is a seasonal cold virus that only affects about 1 to 2 out of 100 kids needing to go to the hospital. The problem is everybody’s getting this all at once,” explains Yale Medicine Dr. Scott Roberts, who specializes in infectious diseases.
He says that Yale is providing the resources to handle the number of sick kids.
“We’re pulling in extra doctors and nurses, and I think what concerns me most is really if we see flu and COVID go up as well, that’s just going to further strain our system,” Roberts said.
And more may have to be done.
“I think if this trend continues, at some point, we will have to talk about expanding our bed space,” Roberts said.
The numbers just keep rising.
“A few days ago, we had 41 children in our hospital admitted with RSV. Today [Wednesday], that number is up to 51,” he explains.
Connecticut Children’s had a site survey for a possible medical tent on their property in late October to handle the high volume of sick kids being brought in.
They have not had to resort to that, but they did hit their all-time high of children with RSV at 147 on Friday, according to a spokesperson.
The video below is Health Headlines during News 8 at Noon on Nov. 2, 2022.