Comedian and actress Amy Schumer has revealed that her youngest son, Gene, was admitted to the emergency room this week with RSV.
“This was the hardest week of my life,” Schumer wrote in an Instagram post published Sunday. “Shout out to all the parents going through this right now.”
The test was made even more stressful because Schumer was scheduled to host “Saturday Night Live.” He wrote Thursday that he missed rehearsals for the show because of his illness.
“I was with him all day at the hospital and the beautiful humans at @nbcsnl could not have been more supportive,” she said.
“The reason it’s so much fun doing this show isn’t really the acting or the show itself. It’s spending time with the people there. The cast and the writers, of course, but the people who are behind the scenes to make it run smoothly are my favorites.”
“Thank you to everyone there and to the doctors and nurses who helped us,” he added.
Schumer’s 3-year-old son Gene is now home and doing better, according to her post.
Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, has spread rapidly across the United States this respiratory virus season.
It has hit children particularly hard, putting a significant strain on pediatric hospitals that also continue to battle Covid-19 and other seasonal illnesses, including the flu.
Hospitalization rates for RSV have already reached rates not typically seen until December in the US, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The disease usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms, but it can also cause serious illness, especially in older adults and infants.