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Respiratory Syncytial Virus

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Did you know that RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) is very common during Fall, Winter and Spring? It may look like just a common cold, but for infants and older adults it can be very serious.

Help Prevent the Spread of RSV by following some of these tips:

  • Wash your hands often Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Washing your hands will help protect you from germs.
  • Keep your hands off your face Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Germs spread this way.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people Avoid close contact, such as kissing, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who have cold-like symptoms.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue in the trash afterward.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that people frequently touch, such as toys and doorknobs. When people infected with RSV touch surfaces and objects, they can leave behind germs. Also, when they cough or sneeze, droplets containing germs can land on surfaces and objects.
  • Stay home when you are sick If possible, stay home from work, school, and public areas when you are sick. This will help protect others from catching your illness.

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