Off-season spike in respiratory virus sends NJ kids to hospitals

Respiratory Syncytial Virus, which usually spikes over the winter, reappears after people shed their masks

Doctors say an odd summer surge in a respiratory virus is hitting kids across the United States, including here in New Jersey, pretty hard. Pediatricians report they’re hospitalizing children with RSV, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, which usually spikes over the winter. Symptoms include coughing, runny nose and fever for most kids, but serious cases can cause lower-chest infections that leave some children struggling to breathe. Doctors blame the spike partly on people getting back together without wearing masks after months of isolation and warn this virus could surge even harder in the coming months.

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