Increase In Rsv Cases Results In Parents Taking Precautions

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increase in rsv cases results in parents taking precautions

A Cape Town school has reinstated the use of face masks to protect young children after an increase in Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) cases were reported in the Western Cape.

As reported by IOL , parents of Heideveld Primary School learners received a letter from the school on Thursday that raised concerns about the spread of RSV and flu viruses.

The letter has also called upon parents to ensure children are wearing face masks at school.

After the letter circulated on social media platforms in an attempt to curb the spread, parents were asked to ensure that learners, who exhibit flu-like symptoms, wear face masks as a precautionary measure.

Earlier this month, the National Department of Health stated that RSV was at peak circulation in the country, as well as influenza virus infections, while COVID-19 continued to circulate at low levels.

The reinstatement of face masks was not an instruction by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) but instead, a precautionary step taken by the management of the school, according to Kerry Mauchline, WCED spokesperson.