Global surge in cases of RSV

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Many countries are seeing a huge surge in cases of RSV which normally peaks during the winter months.

More than three in five children usually catch RSV by their first birthday, but public health officials believe that lockdowns and school closures meant many have escaped infection

COVID-19: Why is there a surge in winter viruses at the moment?

COVID-19 restrictions created an “immunity debt” that health officials warn could put pressure on the NHS in the coming months.

As COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in recent weeks, there’s been a surge in respiratory illnesses that usually peak during the winter months.

Infections other than COVID fell over the past year due to limits on socialising, improved hygiene and mask wearing. This reduced the build-up of antibodies that protect people against illness, creating what experts are calling an “immunity debt”. Read the full story
 

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HG RSV A/B Combo – Rapid molecular test for Respiratory Syncytial Virus.