RSV: Prevention Is Better Than Cure

Q:
Do you know any precautions for RSV?

A:
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a virus that causes infections in the lungs and respiratory tract. It can infect people of all ages, but children and older adults are more likely to get infected.

RSV can spread through the air on infected respiratory droplets or pass to others through direct contact. The virus can enter the body through the eyes, nose or mouth.

Every year, about 64 million people are infected and near 160,000 people died of RSV worldwide. There is no vaccine available for RSV at present, but you can take some precautions.

Proper precautions will help prevent the spread of the virus:

  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Avoid smoking (including second-hand smoking).
  • Keep things clean (such as kitchen and bathroom countertops, toys, floors etc.).
  • Avoid close contact with sick people (such as kissing, shaking hands, and sharing cups and eating utensils).
  • Limit the time in potentially contagious settings, especially during the RSV season(from fall to the end of spring).

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