Cook Children's Leads National Conversation on RSV Surge
On Oct. 17, the Cook Children's Public Relations team released an article about the surge in RSV cases flooding our Urgent Care clinics and Emergency Department, which also included a video interview with Jeff and Zoe Green. Their daughter, Lindy, had just been released from the PICU. Half of the children in the PICU at this time were diagnosed with RSV.
Within days of the Checkup Newsroom article being released, Cook Children's fielded dozens of interview requests from reporters across the U.S., including Fox News, CBS Evening News, Good Morning America and CNN. Below are a few of the national news stories that Cook Children's health experts participated in about the surge in RSV cases:
- Fox News: Surge in respiratory illnesses among children early in the season are extremely rare
- Laura Romano, D.O., a hospitalist at Cook Children's, was interviewed about the impact RSV and other illnesses are having on the health care system.
- CBS Evening News: Cases of child respiratory virus surge nationwide
- Daniel Guzman, M.D., an emergency department physician, interviewed about the surge.
- CNN: Doctor explains what RSV symptoms to look for
- Dr. Guzman also spoke to CNN about what symptoms to look for that should prompt RSV testing from a physician.
The online news articles have a total readership of nearly 4 billion, and the broadcast coverage reached an audience of 22.7 million. Please help us get the word out about RSV, symptoms and when to call a pediatrician or seek immediate medical care by sharing these stories with your friends, family, neighbors and community members.