Some children’s hospitals around the country are being overwhelmed with patients suffering from respiratory illnesses.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in particular is on the rise, in line with the state-of-the-art statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 Cases have spiked, particularly in the Northeast and South.

For the last few weeks, Connecticut Children’s Hospital in Hartford has been over capacity as more and more young children have been admitted for RSV.

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The hospital is now in talks with the National Guard and FEMA about setting up a tent outside to expand capacity.

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“We just don’t have as many critical care beds [for children] as we have adult critical care beds simply because we don’t usually need them,” said Dr. Juan Salazar

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Cases began spiking in early September and rose exponentially, he said, which is something he’s never seen before.

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“The fact that you have to look at the parent and say your kid needs ICU-level care but we have no bed for them

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