At least The task of providing at-home care can be especially difficult during the winter months when cold, flu and respiratory syncytial virus RSV diagnoses are on the rise. RSV is often thought of as a childhood disease, but knowing what you can do to prevent and spot RSV can keep your older loved ones safe during cold and flu season. RSV, a common respiratory virus, can seem like a mild common cold to healthy adults. Most people can recover quickly with self-care in a week or two. But in older adults, especially those with asthma, heart disease or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD , the virus can be very severe or even fatal.
RSV infections can be dangerous for certain adults. Each year, it is estimated that more than , older adults are hospitalized and 14, of them die in the United States due to RSV infection. Adults at highest risk for severe RSV infection include. When an adult gets RSV infection, they typically have mild cold-like symptoms. But RSV can sometimes lead to serious conditions such as.
RSV in Older Adults and Adults with Chronic Medical Conditions
Respiratory syncytial virus RSV causes infections of the lungs and respiratory tract. It's so common that most children have been infected with the virus by age 2. Respiratory syncytial sin-SISH-ul virus can also infect adults.
Jump to navigation. In adults and healthy children, it may only produce symptoms of a common cold, such as a stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, mild headache, cough, fever, and a general feeling of being ill. But in premature babies and kids with diseases that affect the lungs, heart, or immune system, RSV infections can be much more serious. For most babies and young children, an RSV infection causes nothing more than a cold. RSV can be spread through droplets containing the virus when someone coughs or sneezes.