Enterovirus D-68 Explained

Get the facts on the enterovirus sweeping the country so you can keep yourself and your family healthy and safe.

Enterovirus D-68 Explained

Enterovirus D-68 has burst onto the scene, sweeping across several states in a matter of months and infecting thousands of vulnerable children. Learn more about the virus that's grabbing headlines across the nation, find out whether you should be worried and understand the best ways to protect those you love.

Should I be concerned?

Yes and no. The bad news is that these viruses tend to be very infectious and can spread rapidly throughout a population. Taking preventative measures can help, but there’s no way to definitively protect yourself from infection. The good news is that while the infection can be serious and hospitalize a child, it is only very rarely deadly. Of the almost 700 confirmed infected to date, only a few deaths have been recorded so far and those hospitalized generally get better with medical support. The key is to get those infected to a hospital if they seem to be very sick or are struggling to breathe. If your child is sick, but does not have any serious symptoms, he or she should recover without need for hospital treatment.

Drowning: How to Respond

It's critical to get the person breathing again as soon as possible.

Drowning can happen quickly. Three children die every day from drowning, and most fatal incidents happen from lack of appropriate supervision. Every minute that passes is critical in saving them or preventing serious injury. Here's what to do if you see someone drowning and you need to help rescue them.

Call 911

You should alert emergency responders as soon as possible. If there are other people around, instruct someone to make the call. If you are alone, help the drowning person until you can give CPR for one minute and then call 911 yourself (then continue life-saving measures).

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