Amy Schumer revealed on Nov. 6 that she experienced every parent’s worst nightmare: her young child had to be hospitalized after coming down with Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV). “This has been the hardest week of my life,” Amy, 41, wrote as she captioned a gallery of “behind-the-scenes” photos of her recent host. Saturday Night Live. “I missed rehearsals on Thursday when my son was rushed to ER and admitted for RSV. Shout out to all the parents going through this right now. I got to be with him at the hospital all day, and the beautiful people at @nbcsnl couldn’t have been more supportive.”
Fortunately, Amy revealed that Gene – the boy she and her husband Chris Visser welcome to 2019 – was “home and better.” From there, she took a moment to thank everyone who helped her through the “hardest week” ever. “The reason why this show is so fun to do is not really the performance or the show itself. It becomes spending time with the people there. The cast and the writers, of course, but the people behind the scenes to make it run smoothly are my favorite. The crew! Donna. Jerry. Jodi. Genna. Tom Wally, and on and on. Lorne brought together the most talented people with the kindest hearts. Thank you to everyone there and to the doctors and nurses who helped us.”
Dubbed “the worst pediatric care crisis in decades” by The Atlantic Ocean, the US was hit by a massive wave of early viral infections. RSV is the primary culprit, but influenza, rhinovirus, enterovirus and SARS-CoV-2 also contribute to the crisis. “At Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, in Maryland, staff set up a tent outside the emergency department to accommodate overflow; Connecticut Children’s Hospital called in the National Guard,” the publication writes. One medical professional in the report says the crisis has been ongoing since September, with another saying the crisis is as bad as the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak.
RSV is a “common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Most people recover within a week or two, but RSV can be serious, especially for babies and older adults. RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia (infection of the lungs) in children younger than one year of age in the United States. Babies, young children, children and children with weakened immune systems are at risk.
Symptoms include a runny nose, a decrease in appetite, coughing, sneezing, fever and wheezing. To prevent transmission, the CDC recommends covering your coughs and sneezes with tissues or your upper sleeve; wash your hands regularly; disinfect frequently touched surfaces and avoid close contact if you have cold-like symptoms. See here for more information.