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Since the introduction of non-pharmacological interventions to control COVID-19, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) activity in Europe has been limited. Surveillance data for 17 countries showed delayed RSV epidemics in France (≥ 12 w) and Iceland (≥ 4 w) during the 2020/21 season. RSV cases (predominantly small children) in France and Iceland were older compared with previous seasons. We hypothesise that future RSV epidemic(s) could start outside the usual autumn/winter season and be larger than expected. Year-round surveillance of RSV is of critical importance.

Original publication

DOI

10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2021.26.29.2100639

Type

Journal article

Journal

Euro Surveill

Publication Date

07/2021

Volume

26

Keywords

COVID-19 pandemic, RSV, Respiratory syncytial virus, epidemiology, surveillance data, COVID-19, Child, Europe, France, Humans, Iceland, Infant, Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infections, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, Human, SARS-CoV-2, Seasons