Comedian and actress Amy Schumer has revealed that her young son Gene was admitted to the emergency room this week with RSV.
“This has been the toughest week of my life,” Schumer wrote in an Instagram post on Sunday. “Shoutout to all the parents who are going through this.”
The ordeal was made even more tense as Schumer was scheduled to host “Saturday Night Live.” She wrote that she missed Thursday’s rehearsal for the show due to illness.
“I have to be with him all day in the hospital, the beautiful humans of @nbcsnl couldn’t be better,” she said.
“What makes this show so interesting isn’t actually the acting or the show itself. It starts to spend time with the people out there. The actors and the writers are of course my favorites, but the people behind the scenes that make the movie go smoothly are my favorites. like.”
“Thank you to everyone who was there and to the doctors and nurses who helped us,” she added.
According to her post, Schumer’s 3-year-old son Gene is now home and in much better shape.
Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is spreading rapidly in the United States during this respiratory virus season.
It particularly affects children, putting enormous pressure on pediatric hospitals, which also continue to battle Covid-19 and other seasonal illnesses, including the flu.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, RSV hospitalizations have reached rates that the U.S. typically doesn’t see until December.
The disease usually causes mild cold-like symptoms, but can also lead to serious illness, especially in older adults and infants.