Bad children’s hospitals in the United States They are on alert for the resurgence of syncytial virus, or RSV, a common respiratory disease that can cause serious problems in babies and the elderly, causing 177,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths each year.
During September and October 2022. Doctors in the United States have seen an unprecedented increase in the number of cases of this virus, usually mild, but also dangerous. For this reason, we explain what this disease consists of and how you can prevent infection.
What is syncytial virus?
According to the Mayo Clinic, respiratory syncytial virus causes infections in the lungs and respiratory tract. It is so common that most children are already infected with the virus at the age of about 2 years.
In addition, it can also infect adults with heart and lung disease or anyone with a weak immune system.
In healthy adults and older children, Symptoms of RSV are mild and usually resemble the common cold. In general, only self-care measures are needed to relieve discomfort.
What are the symptoms of syncytial virus?
Signs and symptoms of respiratory syncytial virus usually appear four to six days after exposure to this disease. Syncytial virus usually causes cold-like signs and symptoms:
- stuffy nose that drips
- dry cough
- low temperature
- sore throat
How to prevent syncytial virus infection?
Although there is no vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus, people can create habits to prevent infection:
- Wash your hands often. Teach your children the importance of hand washing.
- Avoid exposure. Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough. Limit your baby’s contact with people who have a fever or a cold.
- Keep items clean. Make sure door latches, handles, and kitchen and bathroom counters are clean. Dispose of used tissues immediately.
- Do not share glasses with other people. Use your own disposable cup or cup when you are sick or someone else is sick. Label each person’s cup.
- No fumes. Babies who are exposed to tobacco smoke have a higher risk of contracting RSV and have more severe symptoms. If you smoke, never do it in your house or car.
- Wash toys regularly. Do this especially when your child or playmate is sick.