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Martha Perry, MDDr. Martha Perry, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Director of the UNC Children’s Primary Care Clinic, contributed to an article in Medscape: As COVID Restrictions Ease, RSV and Other Viruses Reemerge.

Clinicians across the nation have noticed that as COVID-19 restrictions ease and masks come off, as crowds gather and vacationers travel, with so many viruses kept at bay with COVID-19 mitigation efforts, the more common viruses may now start circulating simultaneously.  “We are seeing an increase in presentation to our primary care clinics, our emergency room and urgent care settings with viral-type illnesses,” according to Dr. Perry. “The concern is,” she added, “are we going to see a summer and winter wave at the same time?”  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a health advisory to notify clinicians and caregivers about an increase in cases of interseasonal RSV across parts of the southern United States.

Perry said that experts are keeping a close eye on RSV in the United States because Australia, where seasons are opposite those in the United States, already saw summer spikes in RSV after COVID-19 restrictions lifted there.

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