By the author of The Faithful Prepper and Zombie Choices
Three letters can fill new parents with dread: RSV. For newborns, RSV, otherwise known as respiratory syncytial virus, can lead to hospitalizations. During “normal” times, RSV rates typically average 58,000 hospitalizations of kids under five each year and 2.1 million outpatient visits amongst that same population. [source]
RSV spreads via respiratory droplets, predominantly in the form of sneezes and coughs. However, RSV can stick around on surfaces and spread via touching contaminated objects as well. [source]
So, what are the possible reasons for the rise in RSV? There are currently several hypotheses around to answer this. Let’s take a look at each.
Babies have a set series of steps they take in their developmental process to become healthy, functioning kids. Interruptions within this sequence can lead to future health problems.
Consider that many allergists now believe that restricting food groups to babies is one of the leading potential causes of the increase in food allergies we’ve seen amongst children. More kids now have food allergies than ever before. Perhaps not allowing junior peanut butter until he’s five years old is part of the problem.
In the same vein, babies need to build up their immunity system by being exposed to the little germs and buggies of the world around them. The pandemic limited babies’ interaction with others a great deal. Limited contact leads to a lack of germ exposure, leading to a poorly developed immune system. Pandemic babies are now being exposed to germs for the first time. [source]
It’s the equivalent of telling a 15-year-old to bench 350. If the 15-year-old has never done a pushup, there’s likely no chance. If a baby’s immune system has not yet been exposed to the typical “germ load,” they will have little resistance to illnesses when someone finally takes them out in public.
Masks are making children sick
We’ve seen hosts of parents mask their young children over the past year – in many cases even masking newborns. Keep in mind this is being done despite hospitals telling parents for years that it’s unsafe for a baby to sleep on their stomach or be wrapped in a fluffy blanket because the lack of oxygen can increase the rate of SIDS. (Consistent, huh?)
Could it actually be the masks themselves that are making kids sick, though? Masks are not sterile environments. Furthermore, masks possibly hold germs close to a baby’s face throughout the greater part of the day. Instead of babies expelling germs through exhaling, they are repeatedly inhaled because they cannot escape.
Keep in mind that a group of Gainesville, Florida patients sent off their children’s masks for laboratory analysis. The findings were that masks harbored agents which could cause meningitis, pneumonia, Diphtheria, sepsis, Legionnaires’ disease, TB, and more. [source]
Recently, Dr. Baruch Vainshelboim published a study that found that regular mask-wearing can lead to immunosuppression. Other potential health problems associated with mask-wearing are shortness of breath, low oxygen levels, increased stress hormones, and a predisposition for the development of illnesses. [source]
If babies and small children wear masks regularly, they could have a much less robust immune system than children who do not wear masks. This poor immune response could then predispose one to the development of RSV.
Inoculations are causing problems
Last year, the scientific journal Nature Microbiology published a paper titled, “Antibody-dependent enhancement and SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and therapies.” This paper discussed how certain inoculations could lead to people developing antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE).
This paper noted that ADE could worsen illness and increase other illnesses’ severity, particularly RSV. Could inoculated people be setting themselves up for ADE-caused RSV? Or, could nursing mothers who received the vaccination cause their children to get RSV? A well-known report claims a baby passed away shortly after being nursed by the mother who had just gotten the second Pfizer dose. [source]
Increased testing leads to the discovery of non-existent problems
For many, illness is at the forefront of their mind at the moment. Some parents naturally fear the worst when their children are sick. Therefore, those parents are likely to head to the doctor quicker now than ever before. Perhaps in prior years, what would have been a “let’s wait and see” endeavor has now become a “let’s go to the doctor immediately” kind of situation.
Often, you find what you seek. If that’s the case, then perhaps RSV is pretty much always at these rates. There are a lot of anecdotal reports that young adults are coming down with this as well, though – a population which generally doesn’t come down with RSV – so this one may have a chink in the armor.
Something has mutated
Viruses do mutate. This is the nature of viruses. Perhaps what we see here is simply some novel mutation?
What do you think about the rise in RSV rates?
Perhaps we can blame some combination of the above factors for the increase in RSV rates. Maybe this is, “Nothing to see here, folks.” Perhaps this is something more. Let us know your thoughts in the comments! While it’s hard to tell, I recommend we all stay tuned to this issue to monitor it.
Aden Tate has a master’s in public health and is a regular contributor to TheOrganicPrepper.com, TheFrugalite.com, PewPewTactical.com, SurvivalBlog.com, SHTFBlog.com, ApartmentPrepper.com, HomesteadAndPrepper.com, and PrepperPress.com. Along with being a freelance writer, he also works part-time as a locksmith. Aden has an LLC for his micro-farm where he raises dairy goats, a pig, honeybees, meat chickens, laying chickens, tomatoes, mushrooms, and greens. Aden has two published books, The Faithful Prepper and Zombie Choices. You can find his podcast The Last American on Preppers’ Broadcasting Network.