Cold and flu season is here and with it comes a number of cold and flu-like illnesses, including respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. For most, RSV causes mild cold-like symptoms, but for infants, toddlers, and older adults, RSV can be deadly. People with chronic lung or heart problems, as well as those with compromised immune systems, are also at risk for severe illness.
If you have someone in your home or family who is vulnerable to severe RSV, you can take a few steps to protect them from the virus.
Know how RSV is spread. The virus is typically passed through coughing or sneezing, but you can also come into contact with it on surfaces that have been exposed to RSV.
Now that you know RSV can live on surfaces, keep the surfaces of your home and office clean by regularly wiping them down with antibacterial wipes or other cleaning agents.
- Know the symptoms. They include
- Reduce appetite
- Runny nose
- Difficulty breathing (usually infants, toddlers, and elderly)
If you know someone with these symptoms, keep them away from your loved ones who are young, elderly, or otherwise vulnerable and stay away from them yourself to prevent contact.
If any of these symptoms develop in loved ones more susceptible to severe illness, contact their medical provider immediately.
Wash your hands often and try not to touch your face. RSV germs spread easily through the eyes, nose, and mouth.
Cover your coughs and sneezes.
If you’re sick, stay home to prevent spreading illness to others.
Worried your child may have RSV symptoms? EliteCare is open 7 days a week with an in-house lab so we can get a diagnosis quickly and start a treatment plan. Walk-ins welcome or dial 662-348-3342 to let us know you’re on the way.