Updated 10:14 a.m.
How hospitals are responding to the rise of RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus). Discussion about recent instances of antisemitism. Understanding California’s Filipino history.
RSV cases in hospitals
It's being called a "tripledemic." Along with the ongoing threat of COVID and the seasonal Flu, the CDC is seeing an increase in ER visits and hospitalizations across the country due to a common respiratory illness called RSV. The virus usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms but can be more severe in young children and older adults. Pediatric hospitals across America are reporting unusually high RSV case numbers, and some are overwhelmed with the number of patients they're receiving. Today, we'll better understand what RSV is, why parts of the country are seeing so many cases this early in the season, how it's impacting pediatric care, and what families should know as we head into the holiday season. Two doctors from pediatric hospitalists from our region have seen an uptick in R-S-V cases in recent weeks. Dr. Nicole Webb with Valley Children's Health in Madera County and Dr. Bronwyn Carlson with Renown Children's Hospital in Reno joined Insight to discuss RSV in their communities.
Antisemitism in California
Type in "AntiSemitism," and you'll find dozens and dozens of recent incidents. From rapper and fashion designer Ye (formerly known as Kanye West) and his offensive and inflammatory statements about Jews to new revelations, the man who attacked Nancy Pelosi's husband shared extremist views about Jews. And locally, a number of recent situations in the Greater Sacramento area with Anti-Semitic incidents on or near UC Davis and Sac State campuses. And there are concerns that the acquisition of Twitter by Elon Musk (who is no stranger to controversy) could lead to more hate speech online. According to data collected by the "Anti-Defamation League," last year, white supremacist propaganda doubled year-over-year, and data shows that already in 2022, there have already been nearly 6,000 incidents nationwide. So why are we hearing more about Anti-Semitism? Is this a new wave, or just making more headlines? Seth Brysk, Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, based in San Francisco, and Rabbi Mona Alfi with Sacramento's Congregation B'nai Israel joined Insight to discuss the most recent incidents of antisemitism. Alfi is also President of the Board of Rabbis of the Greater Sacramento Region.
Filipino American History Month
This weekend the California Museum opened a new exhibit showcasing some of the histories of Filipinos in California, one of the largest Asian ethnic groups in the state. The exhibit is presented in partnership with the Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies at UC Davis, the Filipino American National Historical Society, and the California Nurses Association. It’s called California is in the Heart, and CapRadio’s Sacramento Communities Reporter Janelle Salanga joined Insight us to share more about the exhibit.
Correction: Dr. Nicole Webb practices medicine in Madera county. This has been corrected.