As the number of people infected with COVID-19 starts to decline, experts are warning that RSV is becoming a threat in the southern part of the country and could put more people at risk than we think. RSV or Respiratory syncytial Virus mimics a common cold but can cause severe illness in infants and elderly individuals.
What is RSV and How Do I Know If I Have It?
RSV is a respiratory virus that causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover between 1-2 weeks but, RSV can be serious for infants and older adults. RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in children 1 year of age or younger. Because Respiratory syncytial Virus is a respiratory illness, RSV spreads very similarly to COVID-19: respiratory droplets such as a cough or a sneeze from a contaminated person touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. 
Symptoms of RSV
According to the CDC, people infected with RSV usually start showing symptoms within 4 to 6 days of contracting the virus. Symptoms usually include:
- Running nose
- Decrease of appetite
Symptoms of RSV often appear in stages, not all at once. In young infants with RSV, symptoms may be irritability, decreased activity, and breathing difficulties.
How Can RSV Be Treated?
At this time, there is no specific treatment for RSV. Most infections go away on their own in about a week or two from the time of infection. Individuals can manage symptoms by:
- Taking over the counter medication
- Drinking enough fluid
- Talking to their healthcare provider
- Volunteering for RSV research trials with Centex Studies!
Learn About Our Treatment Options!
Centex Studies has RSV treatment studies coming soon to our South Houston, Lake Charles, and McAllen locations. Those who volunteer will receive access to treatment or a placebo at no cost. The best part is, no insurance is required, and each volunteer who qualifies and participates is eligible for compensation. Learn more by visiting our website.