As the world tries to recover from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Great Britain has been engulfed by yet another problem, affecting children. RSV and Strep A have so far killed sixteen children, since September 2022.
What are these 2 demons that are a cause for concern this winter? According to the NHS, Strep A, Streptococcus A is bacteria commonly found in the throat or the skin which can cause disease in some cases. While according to BBC,
RSV, respiratory syncytial virus is a winter virus, that can feel like a common cold in adults, but which can be dangerous for some young children.BBC
These are some of the things that you need to know as a healthcare professional about RSV and Strep A:
- RSV typically hits young children of school-going age between 3 and 4 the hardest,
- RSV presents symptoms like a regular cold, characterised by a cough and a runny nose.
- Epidemiologists suspect that there is a possibility that catching Covid-19 might have worsened children’s susceptibility to diseases by somehow weakening their immune systems.
- Strep A is not life-threatening and it poses symptoms like tonsilitis and sore throat, however, it can cause invasive, potentially deadly infections like meningitis.
- To manage and prevent Strep A, preventative antibiotics can be used and they will also help to reduce the likelihood of infection.
- Health authorities have recommended that people should wash their hands with soap and water to stop the spreading of bacteria and viruses
- It is also recommended to not share utensils and items like cups plates, towels etc which can easily be contaminated.