Cases of respiratory illnesses are on the rise

Eleven states, plus New York and Puerto Rico, are experiencing high or very high levels of respiratory illness activity.
2:26 | 12/02/23

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GIO? >> Gio: NOW TO A "GMA" HEALTH >> Gio: NOW TO A "GMA" HEALTH ALERT. ALERT. THE HOLIDAYS ARE RIGHT AROUND THE HOLIDAYS ARE RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER AND CASES OF THE CORNER AND CASES OF RESPIRATORY ILLNESS ARE ON THE RESPIRATORY ILLNESS ARE ON THE RISE. RISE. 11 STATES PLUS NEW YORK AND 11 STATES PLUS NEW YORK AND PUERTO RICO ARE EXPERIENCING PUERTO RICO ARE EXPERIENCING HIGH OR VERY HIGH LEVELS OF HIGH OR VERY HIGH LEVELS OF RESPIRATORY ILLNESS ACTIVITY. RESPIRATORY ILLNESS ACTIVITY. THERE ARE A FEW REASONS WHY, AND THERE ARE A FEW REASONS WHY, AND HERE TO BREAK IT DOWN IS ABC HERE TO BREAK IT DOWN IS ABC MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT DR. DARIEN MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT DR. DARIEN SUTTON. SUTTON. GOOD TO SEE YOU. GOOD TO SEE YOU. GLAD YOU'RE HERE. GLAD YOU'RE HERE. IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR. IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR. WE HAVE A LOT OF COUGHING AND WE HAVE A LOT OF COUGHING AND SNEEZING. SNEEZING. WHAT'S BEHIND THE RISE? WHAT'S BEHIND THE RISE? >> WE'RE SEEING AN INCREASED >> WE'RE SEEING AN INCREASED RATE OF CHILDREN PRESENTING TO RATE OF CHILDREN PRESENTING TO LOCAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS WITH LOCAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS WITH COUGH, SNEEZING AND RUNNY NOSE. COUGH, SNEEZING AND RUNNY NOSE. ALL THESE SYMPTOMS OF INFECTION ALL THESE SYMPTOMS OF INFECTION WHICH IS TRUE BUT THERE'S WHICH IS TRUE BUT THERE'S REASSURING AND FOLLOWING WITH REASSURING AND FOLLOWING WITH THE W.H.O., CDC AND MY EMERGENCY THE W.H.O., CDC AND MY EMERGENCY MEDICINE COLLEAGUES IS THE MEDICINE COLLEAGUES IS THE PATHOGENS, THE VIRUSES CAUSING PATHOGENS, THE VIRUSES CAUSING THESE INFECTIONS ARE NOT NEW, THESE INFECTIONS ARE NOT NEW, THINGS LIKE RSV AND COMMONLY WHY THE CHILDREN COME IN WITH THE SYMPTOMS, IT'S PROBABLY A SYMPTOMS, IT'S PROBABLY A MULTITUDE OF THINGS INCLUDING MULTITUDE OF THINGS INCLUDING COLD WEATHER, INCREASED TRAVEL COLD WEATHER, INCREASED TRAVEL AND EVIDENCE COVID DECREASES OUR AND EVIDENCE COVID DECREASES OUR IMMUNE RESPONSE WHICH MAKES US IMMUNE RESPONSE WHICH MAKES US MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO INFECTION MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO INFECTION AND MYCOPLASMA. AND MYCOPLASMA. WE'RE SEEING AN UNFORTUNATE WE'RE SEEING AN UNFORTUNATE COMBINATION OF ALL THESE FACTORS COMBINATION OF ALL THESE FACTORS AND WHY THESE NUMBERS ARE AND WHY THESE NUMBERS ARE INCREASING. INCREASING. >> Gio: YOU'RE FOLLOWING THESE >> Gio: YOU'RE FOLLOWING THESE CASES OF CHILDHOOD PNEUMONIA. CASES OF CHILDHOOD PNEUMONIA. WHAT DO PARENTS NEED TO KNOW? WHAT DO PARENTS NEED TO KNOW? >> IT'S SHORT AND SIMPLE. >> IT'S SHORT AND SIMPLE. EXAMINING YOUR CHILD. EXAMINING YOUR CHILD. VERY COMMON FOR CHILDREN TO HAVE VERY COMMON FOR CHILDREN TO HAVE RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS ESPECIALLY DURING THE WINTERTIME ESPECIALLY DURING THE WINTERTIME SO FOR INFANTS, HAVING SO FOR INFANTS, HAVING DIFFICULTY LIKE IF THEY'RE DIFFICULTY LIKE IF THEY'RE GRUNTING AND WHEEZING AND SKIN GRUNTING AND WHEEZING AND SKIN IS CHANGING OR IF YOU NOTICE IS CHANGING OR IF YOU NOTICE THEY'RE BELLY BREATHING WITH THEY'RE BELLY BREATHING WITH DEEP BREATHS AND THE ABDOMEN IS DEEP BREATHS AND THE ABDOMEN IS MOVING, THOSE ARE SIGNS OF MOVING, THOSE ARE SIGNS OF RESPIRATORY DISTRESS. RESPIRATORY DISTRESS. OLDER CHILDREN, TALK TO THEM. OLDER CHILDREN, TALK TO THEM. IF THEY'RE TAKING A LOT OF IF THEY'RE TAKING A LOT OF BREAKS IN BETWEEN SENTENCES OR BREAKS IN BETWEEN SENTENCES OR NOTICE THEY ARE WHEEZING OR IF NOTICE THEY ARE WHEEZING OR IF THEY'RE HAVING A LOT OF THEY'RE HAVING A LOT OF DIFFICULTY CATCHING THEIR DIFFICULTY CATCHING THEIR BREATH, THESE ARE REASONS. BREATH, THESE ARE REASONS. FOR THE MOST PART YOU CAN TREAT FOR THE MOST PART YOU CAN TREAT YOUR SYMPTOMS FROM THE COMFORT YOUR SYMPTOMS FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME, BASIC FEVER OF YOUR OWN HOME, BASIC FEVER REDUCING MEDICATIONS, WATER, REDUCING MEDICATIONS, WATER, HYDRATION, KEY THINGS YOU NEED HYDRATION, KEY THINGS YOU NEED TO KEEP IN MIND. TO KEEP IN MIND. >> Gio: IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT. >> Gio: IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT. HOW DO WE STAY SAFE THIS SEASON? HOW DO WE STAY SAFE THIS SEASON? >> WASHING OUR HANDS, WEARING >> WASHING OUR HANDS, WEARING MASKS, GETTING UPDATED IN FLU MASKS, GETTING UPDATED IN FLU AND COVID VACCINES AND TAKING AND COVID VACCINES AND TAKING ADVANTAGE OF FREE COVID TESTS ADVANTAGE OF FREE COVID TESTS AVAILABLE AT COVIDTEST.GOV. AVAILABLE AT COVIDTEST.GOV. IF YOU FIND IT'S NEGATIVE THE IF YOU FIND IT'S NEGATIVE THE FIRST FEW DAYS, TEST AGAIN 24 TO FIRST FEW DAYS, TEST AGAIN 24 TO 48 HOURS LATER JUST TO MAKE 48 HOURS LATER JUST TO MAKE SURE.

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