The True Definition Of RSV
What is RSV?
Well according to the CDC, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common respiratory virus that causes cold-like symptoms such as a runny nose, coughing, sneezing, and wheezing.
It spreads via respiratory droplets or direct contact with contaminated surfaces or people.
Most people recover in about a week or two after experiencing symptoms (typically 4-6 days after contracting the virus).
RSV infections, on the other hand, is a more serious threat to young children and the elderly. It is responsible for up to 500 deaths per year in children under the age of five and 14,000 deaths per year in those over the age of 65.
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While the virus is not a new disease, RSV diagnosis decreased in 2020 as a result of COVID-related health protocols such as masking and social distancing.
However, following an increase in RSV cases across the South this summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health advisory.
Because older infants and toddlers had less exposure to the virus the previous year, their risk of severe RSV disease-associated side effects such as bronchitis or pneumonia had increased, according to the advisory.