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How long is a person with RSV contagious?

How long is a person with RSV contagious?

Most ~ 8days: General viral sheading in RSV lasts 3-8 days in most; in some with complications they could shed for 4-6 wks. Droplet isolation(use of mask) & good handwashing will contain the spred in most cases.The germ can live for 1/2 hr on your hands and many hourd on surfaces. ...Read more

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Rsv (Definition)

Respiratory syncytial virus or RSV is a virus that causes bronchiolitis (infection of lower airways) in infants and toddlers. It is particularly serious in premature infants and infants with respiratory and heart disease. In older children and adults, ...Read more


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How long is a child with RSV contagious to other people?

How long is a child with RSV contagious to other people?

5-7 days: An infant or child with RSV will usually shed the virus or be contagious to others for 5-7 days after the start of the illness. Rsv is mainly spread by direct contact so good handwashing can prevent spread of the RSV virus. ...Read more

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If a baby was just diagnosed with rsv, for how long would he be contagious to other babies?

If a baby was just diagnosed with rsv, for how long would he be contagious to other babies?

3-8days +/-: According to the aap redbook, viral shedding is usually 3-8d but occasionally longer in young infants. Strict hand washing technique and avoidance of respiratory secretions will limit transmission. ...Read more

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A woman I live with was told that after 24hrs of steroids that her daughter's RSV would no longer be contagious to my son. Is this true?

A woman I live with was told that after 24hrs of steroids that her daughter's RSV would no longer be contagious to my son. Is this true?

Not really: RSV is the common cold virus and is responsible for 60+% of respiratory illness in season. Essentially all of those in direct contact with an RSV case are likely carriers, symptomatic or not.Rsv will shed the most for the 1st wk after symptoms start, steroids or not, and less so for an extended period.In season almost half the population can/will be a carrier anyway. ...Read more

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What is rsv? Is it contagious?

What is rsv? Is it contagious?

Yes: it's a respiratory virus that is contagious and can be transmitted from person to person - stands for respiratory syncytial virus ...Read more

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What is rsv? Is it contagious?

What is rsv? Is it contagious?

Yes: it's a respiratory virus that is contagious and can be transmitted from person to person - stands for respiratory syncytial virus ...Read more

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Could you explain what is rsv, and is it contagious?

Could you explain what is rsv, and is it contagious?

Dominant URI virus: Rsv is the dominant respiratory virus in season, here nov-apr.It enters the airways ; injures cells causing an outpouring of mucous.In some smaller babies, the mucous flow blocks oxygen entry ; leads to major problems;in most older kids or adults it doesn't go as deep ; may only cause a runny nose.I've seen asthma sufferers have trouble with it to age 8. U can get it every yr/ minimal immunity dvps. ...Read more

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Is RSV contagious from children to adults to children? We will visit grand child 7 months diagnosed with rsv. After a few days we will then visit other grandchildren ages 5, 3, 1 in another household. Will we be contagious? Can we infect the othe

Is RSV contagious from children to adults to children? We will visit grand child 7 months diagnosed with rsv.  After a few days we will then visit other grandchildren ages 5, 3, 1 in another household.  Will we be contagious?  Can we infect the othe

Yes but.....: RSV is the main cause of the human cold during RSV season.It is a germ that generates poor if any immunity if you catch it, and humans are often reinfected every year or two. It can be spread by droplets (in air) or on your hands.If you catch it you can spread it for days and weeks afterward. It is more worrisome to kids below 16 lb than those that are larger.Good hand washing helps reduce spread ...Read more

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How long do infants generally have RSV for?

How long do infants generally have RSV for?

2 - 3 weeks: In a recent study in the british medical journal, they looked at how long respiratory infections lasted in children. Bronchiolitis resolved by day 13 in 50% and by about day 21 in 90%. ...Read more

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How long would RSV typically last in an infant?

How long would RSV typically last in an infant?

Depends: Typically the symptoms of RSV peak after the first few days before getting better. Usually infants improve somewhere between 5-10 days; however this can vary widely, and it is not uncommon for the cough and wheeze to last several weeks after the initial symptoms began. ...Read more

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What is RSV bronchiolitis, and what is the age of a child when the child is no longer susceptible to it?

What is RSV bronchiolitis, and what is the age of a child when the child is no longer susceptible to it?

Always can get it: The issue is the younger the baby, the more severe the symptoms can be, once you are an older toddler or even an adult, if you catch it you just get "cold" symptoms. ...Read more

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How long does RSV last?

Varies: Depending upon the type of infection (otitis, bronchiolitis, pneumonia, etc.), and the immune status of the patient the duration of illness can be highly variable. This is also dependent upon the age, since this is increasingly recognized as a disease of adults as well as children. In symptomatic persons with mild disease a week to 10 days would seem reasonable. ...Read more

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How long do RSV symptoms last?

A month: In babies RSV can be a long drawn out cold with wheezing and shortness of breath. Start to finish, it is typical for the baby for have a month long illness. In adults, its simply the worst cold you ever had! Adults should be getting better by the 10th to 14th day! Best of luck! ...Read more

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How long does RSV generally last?

Depends-age/status: Rsv related illness develops within 2-8 days of exposure & may result in minor infection localized to the nose & upper airway or cause significant problems in some move if it moves to the lower airway.The process evolves over a week, with most hospitalized infants saying less than 5 days.Those with lower airway problems ( bronchiolitis) often cough & wheeze for weeks after the germ is gone. ...Read more

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How long does RSV live on surfaces?

Several hours: Rsv can survive on hard surfaces such as tables and crib rails for many hours. It also lives on soft surfaces such as tissues and hands for shorter amounts of time. People infected with RSV are usually contagious for 3 to 8 days after the onset of symptoms. Frequent hand washing & meticulous attention to cleaning of surfaces in the room of an RSV infected person can prevent transmission to others. ...Read more

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How long can RSV on dry surfaces live?

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Several hours: Rsv can persist on environmental surfaces for several hours and for about an hour on hands. ...Read more

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How long will RSV be around on surfaces?

Several hours: Rsv infective material remains so for several hours on surfaces and at least 1/2 hour on hands or fingers. See aap red book, 28edp561. ...Read more

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Rsv can survive on the surface for how long?

Hours: RSV can survive on hard surfaces such as tables and crib rails for many hours. RSV typically lives on soft surfaces such as tissues and hands for shorter amounts of time. ...Read more

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Iv been sick over a week from rsv. How much longer should it last?

Adults = a week: Most adults without predisposing problems will shed this virus for at least a week & have symptoms of varying intensities during that time. For some, symptoms will persist after the virus is gone. ...Read more

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If there is a child with rsv, how long does it take for full recovery after treatment?

Up to 3 weeks: Children may show lingering symptoms of an RSV illness for several weeks, despite treatment. Rsv symptoms routinely last 2 to 3 weeks. Call your doctor if symptoms last more than 3 weeks, or anytime if symptoms abruptly change or worsen. ...Read more

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Can adults get an RSV infection? If so, what are the symptoms, how long does it last and how is it treated?

Can adults get an RSV infection? If so, what are the symptoms, how long does it last and how is it treated?

Varies: Consider the germ a transient but repeat invader.In the young it invades deeper into the lung and has more potential for deep symptoms like wheezing and cough. It doesn't enter the blood, but triggers some immune resistance. Older kids get less invasion (some resistance) and have a chest cold,while adults many times just get a runny nose or "cold". People generally ger RSV every few years for life ...Read more

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My 2 1/2 month old has rsv, has had it 4 7days now. He can barely breath or eat. What can I do and how long will this last?

See Below: Unfortunately it may last 1-2 weeks.You need to maintain hydration.Using a humidifier and frequent nasal suction with saline nose nose drops, particularly before feedings, helps.If still with trouble call your pediatrician. ...Read more

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How long should I keep my 2 y/o out of daycare after being diagnosed with RSV bronchiolitis?

How long should I keep my 2 y/o out of daycare after being diagnosed with RSV bronchiolitis?

A out a week: Generally, once symptoms have resolved, such as coughing and sneezing and runny nose they can go back to daycare. Good hand washing helps prevent spread. ...Read more

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Respiratory Syncytial Virus (Rsv) Infection (Definition)

A virus that causes an infection of the lungs and respiratory tract. Very common. Most children have been infected with the virus by the age of two. ...Read more


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more