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Children with RSV and other viruses fill hospital beds

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Children's Hospital Colorado. April 1, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
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Children’s Hospital Colorado at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, April 1, 2020.

Children's hospitals around the country, including those in Colorado, are filling up because of an early surge in respiratory viruses. A key culprit is RSV, which often presents as a common cold but can turn more severe, especially among children and older adults. The situation has alarmed physicians who are concerned about a tripledemic if RSV, influenza and COVID-19 converge at a time when staffing shortages are rampant. 

Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner speaks with CPR colleague Greer Hancock, whose 2-year-old son was diagnosed with RSV but managed to stay out of the hospital, and with Dr. Suchitra Rao, an infectious disease specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado.