RSV Is On The Rise! Here’s Everything You Need To Know

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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?  

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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. [1] 

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  
  • Coughing  
  • Sneezing  
  • Fever  
  • Wheezing  

 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.[2] 

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!  

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 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 

References: 

  1. https://www.prevention.com/health/a36720120/what-is-respiratory-syncytial-virus/ 
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/rsv/about/symptoms.html 

 

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