Outbreaks of respiratory syncytial virus in children have been described as “more contagious” than the COVID-19 virus.
In this era of epidemic, many diseases can be seen again wreaking havoc. The outbreak of Kovid-19, Dengue, Malaria on children had not yet subsided that a disease called Respiratory Syncytial Virus is taking children in its grip. To protect against this virus in the changing season, special care of children is needed.
Symptoms of respiratory syncytial virus are similar to Kovid-19
There is a “massive increase” in the common virus these days. The symptoms of this virus, especially seen in children, are almost similar to those of Kovid-19. But Respiratory Syncytial Virus is more contagious than Kovid.
Patrick Gavigan, a pediatrician at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital, says its symptoms are similar to those of viral pneumonia or bronchiolitis. Including inflammation of the small airways in the lungs.”
Very contagious respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
Also on a talk show Dr. Ilona Marie Majella Duffy, Medical Director, and a well-known doctor from the University of Ireland, when asked how contagious RSV is, Dr. Duffy replied: “Very contagious. He said that I have seen many children falling ill with it. I am seeing it in my family, where all my kids are sick.”
“Certainly, we are seeing it as far more contagious than Covid. If you have a child in your house who is sick and suddenly everyone is falling ill then you know that it is more likely to go viral. That is, the bacteria are spreading very quickly.
How to take care of children
You need to be careful with this disease, so take special care of your children. Check their temperature, give liquid diet. Often during illness, children die of hunger and are unable to eat anything. Do not worry, during this time keep giving them liquid diet. At this time, their body needs more fluid than food.
Duffy said that this virus will spread very fast and you can see many children falling prey to it. Be it in school or at home.
“If his fever is not coming down for three days, then it is a matter of concern. Then it can be difficult to control. If they also have trouble breathing, it is a sign that they are developing a secondary bacterial infection.”
Duffy also noted that there is no vaccine available for respiratory syncytial virus at this time. Therefore, it should be believed that prevention is the only solution.
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