RSV Cases on the Rise

Keeping diseases and infections under control is a crucial thing. Taking the necessary precautions to avoid and adequately address ailments helps keep the public safe. To know what steps are required, we need to learn a little about the different threats.  

What Is RSV? 

Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV, is a common respiratory virus. For many people, it causes minor cold symptoms, like runny noses, coughing, wheezing, and fevers. However, in more severe cases, difficulty breathing is also a possibility.  

Is RSV Dangerous? 

RSV is dangerous to specific demographic groups. While healthy adults usually don’t encounter any significant complications, it can be dire to groups of people with less developed immune systems.  

In addition to people with immunodeficiency conditions and the elderly, infants are notoriously at risk. Many hospitals in the southern United States report a spike in infant hospitalizations because of RSV.  

Even if you are not at risk, you may come into contact with someone that is, either directly or indirectly. Even if you don’t interact with any immunocompromised individuals, you need to consider that you unintentionally contact people all the time and without understanding what their situations are.  

You have a public duty to reduce spreading any disease that could potentially be dangerous to anyone. Maybe someone you pass by the post office has a sick grandmother they take care of. Perhaps someone at the grocery store has a newborn at home.  

What does the CDC Suggest?  

When social distancing measures were in effect, the rate of infections dropped significantly. Now that things are beginning to open back up again, we see a considerable spike in cases. These spikes typically happen every year, but in the December of 2020, we did not know this spike takes place.  

The CDC warns that letting cases spike leads to preventable hospitalizations and other severe issues. RSV spreads much like the coronavirus through droplets through the air and on surfaces. Taking the same simple measures already taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19 helps prevent spikes in RSV infections.  

Wash your hands and isolate yourself if you don’t feel good. Even things like minor colds you think you can push through might mean passing something deadly onto someone else.  

The CDC advises that parents should keep a close eye out for young children in addition to these measures. Infants are especially at risk, and it can help a lot keep track of children’s symptom progression. Getting children to seek medical attention as early as possible is key to catching and addressing illnesses before they have the chance to progress in severity.  

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