Season 2 Episode 7: Situational Update on COVID-19/Flu/RSV

Season 2, Episode 7,   Dec 30, 2022, 09:57 AM

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Q1: What is RSV?

  • Respiratory syncytial virus, also known as RSV, is a common respiratory virus that spreads through virus-containing repiratory droplets produced from coughing and sneezing
  • For most children, RSV produces mild illness. However, young children are especially susceptible to RSV. 
  • Those at higher risk of severe illness are:
    • Children under the age of 2
    • Premature infants
    • Infants with congenital or chornic cardiopulmonary disease
    •  Older adults 65+
    • Children and adults with weakend immune systems
  • When children are first infected with RSV, between 25-40% will have symptoms of bronchiolitis or penumonia
  • Yet, it’s important to keep in mind that only about 2% of children will require hospitalization

Q2: What are signs and symtpoms of RSV?

  • Symptoms will show within 4 to 6 days after getting infected. 
    • Runny nose
    • Decrease in appeitite
    • Sneezing
    • Fever
    • Wheezing
  • Symptoms in infants with RSV may be
    • Irritability
    • Decrease activity 
    • Breathing difficulties
  • These symptoms usually appear in stages and not all at once.

Q3: What is the impact of RSV in the Black and African American community?

  • Research has show that due to racism-related stress Black and African American women are more likely to deliver a premature baby. 

  • The risk of contracting RSV is even higher for premature babies. Making this of particular concern for Black and African American community. 

  • Being aware of the impact of RSV on the community and the preventive steps that can be taken, is critical to protect the health and well-being of children.  

Q4: What are some safety measure one should take?

  • Stay home when sick to help protect other others in the community from catching the illness, if possible

  • Avoid close contact with sick people

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds 

  • Disinfect high touched surfaces such as doorknobs and mobile devices 

  • Consider a mask in crowded indoor settings

  • During this time of year, it’s recommend to stay up to date on flu and COVID vaccinations to help prevent other repiratory illness. 

  • If you have questions about your child’s care, call your health care provider or visit an urgent care center. 

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