What is Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection?

Mar 15, 2023
Young toddler
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common respiratory virus that can cause severe respiratory illness in infants and young children. RSV is highly contagious and can be spread through contact with respiratory secretions, such as saliva, mucus, or blood

RSV infections typically occur in the fall and winter, and can cause severe respiratory illness, including pneumonia, in infants and young children. RSV is the leading cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lungs) and pneumonia in infants and young children. Each year, RSV infections result in approximately 2.1 million outpatient visits, 175,000 hospitalizations, and 14,000 deaths worldwide.

There is no specific treatment for RSV infections, and there is no vaccine available to prevent RSV infections. However, there are some steps that can be taken to help prevent the spread of RSV, including:

- Washing hands frequently

- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick

- Disinfecting surfaces that may be contaminated with the virus

- Not sharing cups, plates, or utensils with people who are sick

- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands

This can be especially useful for those who are susceptible to respiratory infections.

For example, the Very Young, the Elderly, those with Chronic lung conditions such as Asthma, Bronchitis, COPD, Emphysema,Interstitial Lung Disease, Lung Cancer, Nicotine Dependance, Pulmonary Hypertension, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea and more.

Weekend Urgent Care has the ability to offer a range of services in terms of providing treatment for flu.