What Is Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)?

Q:
What is respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)?

A:
RSV stands for respiratory syncytial virus. It can cause infections in the lungs and respiratory tract. RSV is very common in children, but it can also infect adults.

RSV is a contagious illness that spreads very fast. The virus can spread through the air or direct contact, and it can enter the body through the eyes, nose or mouth.

The common symptoms of RSV are very similar to common cold and flu, including runny nose, cough and fever.
Most children and adults will recover in 1-2 weeks after infection, but premature babies, infants and adults with heart or lung problems may have severe infection and need a longer period to get full recovery.

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