RSV, which stands for Respiratory Syncytial Virus, is a common respiratory virus that typically causes mild symptoms, cold-like symptoms. The viral disease is most prevalent in the Fall, Winter, and Spring and is currently spreading across the Greater Lansing Area. Most people will improve on their own in a 1-2 weeks, but RSV can be more dangerous for young infants and older adults. Like COVID, RSV spreads by respiratory droplets or by direct contact with an infected person. People infected with RSV are typically contagious for 3-8 days. RSV can survive on hard surfaces for several hours, which makes sanitizing said surfaces crucial for reducing the spread.
According to the CDC, common symptoms of RSV include: Runny nose, decrease in appetite, coughing, sneezing, fever, and wheezing.
If your symptoms do not improve or get worse, you should contact your healthcare provider. In an emergency, dial 911. There is currently no vaccine or cure for RSV, but treatments to alleviate symptoms include pain and fever reducers, as well as getting lots of fluids and sufficient amounts of rest. You should consult with your healthcare provider before giving certain medications to you children.
We are also quickly approaching peak Flu season, and as in years previous one should exercise caution if they are at greater risk for complications with the Flu. The Flue is a respiratory illness that spreads easily through close or casual contact, and through droplets in the air. Like RSV, it is important to wash your hands and sanitize surfaces regularly. If you believe you have been infected, it is recommended that you isolate yourself. Symptoms of the flu virus include fever, cough, soar throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches and muscle aches, and fatigue. As with RSV, if your symptoms become severe or you have any concerns please contact your healthcare provider, and in the case of an emergency dial 911.
Flue Vaccines are available in a variety of locations in the Greater Lansing Area, including local pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens, and through various neighborhood health centers. Speak with your healthcare provider to determine the best plan for you to get vaccinated. Because of the high number of cases already hitting hospitals across the state and country, it is highly encouraged that you get vaccinated to reduce your risk of infection.