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Comedian Amy Schumer revealed on Sunday that her young son was hospitalized last week Respiratory multinucleated virus, also known as RSV. She described the experience as “the hardest week of my life”.

Schumer, who hosted “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, wrote in an Instagram post that she was forced to miss SNL rehearsals on Thursday because her 3-year-old son was rushed to the emergency room after contracting RSV went.

Schumer said she “stayed with him all day at the hospital,” adding that she is now “at home and better.”

For most healthy people, RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, is a cold-like nuisance. But for the very young, the elderly, and people with certain health problems, it can be serious, even life-threatening. The virus can infect deep into the lungs, causing pneumonia, and in infants it can inflame the small airways and make breathing difficult.

in America, 5. about 58,000 children under the age of Every year several hundred people are hospitalized for RSV and die. Among adults 65 and older, approximately 177,000 are hospitalized with RSV and 14,000 die annually. Worldwide, RSV kills about 100,000 children a year, mostly in poor countries.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus spreads through the air, often through coughs and sneezes.

there was one Spike in cases this fallWhich health experts attribute to the fact that children who followed social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, and avoided it, are now being exposed in large numbers.

“Pediatric ICUs across the country, many parts of it, are full,” CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus said last week.

Most hospitalizations are now related to influenza and RSV, not COVID-19, Agus said.

There is no vaccine for RSV. pfizer announced last week That an international study on a potential RSV vaccine given to pregnant women found it to be effective in preventing severe cases of RSV in their babies.

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