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‘Triple-demic’ Could Impact Children this Winter

Posted on: November 29th, 2022 by New York Edge No Comments

By Drs. Lisa Moreno, Steve Materetsky, Saurabh Bahl, and Camille Pearte,  Fidelis Care Medical Directors 

As winter approaches, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning of an  increase in respiratory infections, especially in children.  

Respiratory infections are expected to soar this winter after two years of declines that can be linked  to the COVID-19 practices of social distancing, masking, and remote schooling that occurred in  2020 and 2021. 

Earlier increases of certain respiratory infections have already been seen this year, according to  the CDC. There are three viruses to be on alert for this winter: Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV),  Influenza (“the flu”), and COVID. This has led to the term, the “Triple-demic.” 

1) RSV 

RSV is a virus that peaks in winter and affects people of all ages. In smaller children and infants,  RSV leads to swelling of the small airways of the lungs, causing a condition called bronchiolitis.  This viral infection can cause severe symptoms, such as trouble breathing and a fever. In adults,  RSV is usually just a cold.  

There is a medication available to prevent severe illness with RSV. This medication is an injection  called Synagis. This injection is NOT a vaccine. It is a medication that consists of antibodies (cells  that fight infection) that only attack the RSV virus. However, this option is only available for  infants with certain conditions such as infants born prematurely (born extremely early before their  expected delivery date), infants born with heart disease, or infants with severe lung disease. 

There is no specific treatment for RSV bronchiolitis, but there is supportive care. These measures  include ensuring that the sick child is nursing or drinking fluids, giving fever-reducing medications when needed, and, in more severe cases, getting oxygen in a hospital setting. The best way to  prevent children from getting RSV is frequent handwashing for adults and children, especially  around infants. If you have a premature baby, consult your doctor to determine if Synagis is  necessary.  

2) The Flu 

Influenza virus (“the flu”) is another respiratory virus that peaks during winter. As with RSV,  there has been an increase in cases earlier than is typically seen in the fall, largely due to  communities returning to pre-pandemic practices. The best way to prevent the flu is to get an  annual flu shot. 


The COVID virus is also known to rise in winter months as people spend more time indoors. In addition, a rise in COVID is expected because of new variations of the virus, and a decrease in social distancing and masking.

The best ways to prevent flu and COVID infections are

∙ Getting vaccinated can help protect you and your family from severe illness from these  infections and is the single best way to fight the flu and COVID. In addition to protecting  yourself, getting vaccinated also protects people around you, including people who are  more likely to become seriously ill, like babies and young children, older people,  pregnant women, and people with certain chronic health conditions. Talk to your doctor  if you have any concerns about these vaccinations. 

∙ Washing hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an  alcohol-based sanitizer (such as Purell).  

∙ Staying home when sick. 

∙ Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.  

∙ Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.  

Let’s all do our part to keep our children, ourselves, and our communities healthy and safe this  winter! 

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Equity & Access Pre K-12 Q&A With Rachael Gazdick, CEO of New York Edge

Posted on: November 16th, 2022 by New York Edge No Comments

Recently, the team at sat down to talk with Rachael Gazdick, CEO, New York Edge. Rachael is the chief executive officer of New York Edge, the metropolitan region’s largest provider of after-school programs. With more than 20 years’ experience in education advocacy, Rachael has dedicated her career to building equity in education. [read more]

Van Gogh Museum and DHL Express Launch ‘Heart for Art’ Educational Programme

Posted on: November 2nd, 2022 by New York Edge No Comments

To teach and inspire children for whom art education is not always accessible through the art and life story of Vincent van Gogh.

The Van Gogh Museum and DHL Express are launching a new educational programme, Heart for Art. For the next three years, the global partners will collaborate to inspire children in communities with limited access to cultural education with the art and life story of Vincent van Gogh. The Heart for Art programme, which was piloted in New York City in Spring 2022, will roll-out in American cities in the months ahead with the intention to expand globally in the upcoming years. In the first 6 months the educational programme will be launched at 30 educational institutions in the United States, which would reach -and positively impact- 20,000 students in the first school year.  

The DHL x Van Gogh Museum Heart for Art programme enables children to learn about Vincent van Gogh, stimulates their creative development and invites them to discuss significant themes from Vincent’s life such as identity, chasing dreams and dealing with setbacks. The programme is developed especially for children with no or limited access to art education. Teachers are trained by experienced Van Gogh Museum educators in special sessions – either on location or online. ‘We were delighted to develop a dedicated Heart for Art educational programme, based on our extensive experience with schools in The Netherlands and (international) online lessons. By training teachers worldwide to work with our educational tools we hope to connect and inspire children with Vincent’s art and life story’ says Gundy van Dijk, Head of Education and Interpretation of the Van Gogh Museum.