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Respiratory Syncytial Virus is most common in children, but can also affect adults. RSV is an infection of the lungs and respiratory tract that causes congestion, sore throat, fever, headache, and more. Often, people who have RSV associate the symptoms with the common cold. Most cases of RSV are mild, showing few symptoms and not requiring treatment. However, some cases are severe enough to hospitalize a patient. There is not a vaccination to prevent RSV, but it’s suggested to cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing and to wash hands frequently.

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1. How RSV Spreads

As with many different types of virus’, RSV is spread through airborne or direct contact. If an infected RSV patient coughs or sneezes, the virus can pass through to another person's body through the eyes, nose, or mouth. It’s recommended to wash surfaces and hands frequently when RSV infested germs land on hard surfaces; the virus can survive for hours. Also, watch out for shaking hands or touching countertops, crib rails, or toys containing RSV germs, as it is an easy way to catch the virus.

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