RSV summer peak possibly caused by declining antibodies during COVID-19 pandemic
RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, is a common virus that causes cold symptoms. In particularly, young children and vulnerable older people are more likely to become seriously ill if they get it.
High rates of RSV in children over the summer, and a late flu epidemic in the 2021-2022 season
Hospitals reported an unusually large number of children presenting with RSV over the summer of 2021. The number of positive coronavirus tests rapidly increased after the summer of 2021.
Better monitoring of RSV thanks to new European project
RIVM and Nivel contribute to building a European RSV monitoring network. Through the network, European health institutions and laboratories will exchange data on the spread of RSV. This will help us to better monitor the virus.