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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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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Respiratory Syncytial Virus (Definition)

Respiratory syncytial virus is a virus that causes respiratory illness commonly in young children. It infects the lungs and breathing passages, and is highly contagious. While the virus produces the symptoms of a common cold in adults, it is a much more serious and dangerous infection ...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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Dr. Agustin Rivas
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Rsv (Definition)

RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, causes mild cold and flu-like symptoms in adults and older children. In younger infants and children, it can cause more serious "croup-like" symptoms such ...Read more


Contagious (Definition)

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