Reports of a rise in the number of cases due to the respiratory syncytial virus in different hospitals in the United States they have set off the alarms of the health authorities. But, What is this virus and what are its symptoms?here we tell you.
Respiratory syncytial virus, what is it?
The respiratory syncytial virus or RSV is a very common virus that causes mild cold-like symptoms in healthy adults and older children, but can be more serious in infants, especially those in certain high-risk groups, according to US National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the most common microbe that causes infections in the lungs and airwayswhich presents older shoots in fall and last until spring.
According to the NIH, the infection can occur in people of all ages and is spread through tiny droplets that go into the air when a sick person blows their nose, coughs, or sneezes.
A person can get RSV Yes:
- A person with the virus sneezes, coughs, or blows their nose nearby.
- You touch, kiss and shake the hand of someone infected with the virus.
- You touch your nose, eyes, or mouth after touching something contaminated by the virus, such as a toy or a door latch.
The virus often spreads very quickly in crowded homes and day care centers. RSV can live for half an hour or more on hands and can also live for up to five hours on counters or several hours on used tissues.
Hence, attending daycare centers is considered a risk factor, as well as:
- Being around cigarette smoke.
- Have brothers or sisters of school age.
- Living in crowded conditions.
Some of the symptoms that occur when contracting respiratory syncytial virus are:
- Bluish skin discoloration due to lack of oxygen (cyanosis) in more severe cases
- Difficulty breathing or dyspnea
- Nasal flaring
- rapid breathing (tachypnea)
- Difficulty breathing
- Wheezing sounds (wheezing)
Nevertheless, symptoms may differ and vary by age group, indicate the health authorities of the United States.
How to prevent contagion of this virus?
For prevent an RSV infection It is suggested:
- Stay away from sick people
- No Smoking
- Avoid contact with people outside the close circle