The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s admonition that the southern portion of the United States could see a surge of respiratory syncytial virus cases this summer is coming to fruition as we speak—although the scope of the problem appears to be much broader than the CDC anticipated. While the southeast is leading the way in terms of number of cases, RSV (usually higher in the winter) is more prevalent than would be expected for this time of year. Conjecture is that limited exposure to others at the height of the pandemic may have simply delayed an expected winter spike in the rate of RSV infection. As such, it’s likely there’s no need for concern that this represents a new strain of the virus.

RSV Is Running Rampant in Infants and Toddlers Right Now. Are You Prepared?