VIDEO: D.C. Hospitals Seeing More Sick People amid Global Worries About Respiratory Illness in China

Hospitals in China are reportedly grappling with cases of respiratory illnesses, and the situation has some American medical professionals concerned.

In Washington, DC, hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent care facilities, and clinics are seeing a rise in patients seeking care, Fox 5 said Monday.

The outlet reported:

The World Health Organization is reportedly reviewing data from China after video apparently emerged showing droves of people being treated for what’s being described as a mystery respiratory illness, disproportionately impacting children.

PM Pediatrics Senior Medical Advisor Dr. Christina Johns tells FOX 5 the medical community is watching what’s happening in China closely but there’s no panicking yet.

“Chinese hospitals in the nation’s largest cities have been struggling to keep up with demand as panicked parents bring their children in for diagnosis,” the Global Times said.

On Thursday, the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) said there were no unusual or novel pathogens found in the clusters of child pneumonia cases affecting the communist country, Breitbart News reported, adding the organization was trying to allay fears that another global pandemic was on the horizon.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Pneumonia is an infection that inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs,” and it can be mild or threaten a person’s life.

“It is most serious for infants and young children, people older than age 65, and people with health problems or weakened immune systems,” the site reads, adding some symptoms include chest pain when breathing or coughing, fatigue, fever, low body temperature, nausea, and shortness of breath.

Officials with the Virginia Department of Health said they are monitoring flu activity in the area, according to the Fox report.


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