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What is and how do you get rsv?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
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In brief: Droplet spread

RSV or respiratory syncytial virus is contagious viral disease that may infect a person's lungs and breathing passages.
Most children will catch RSV by the age of 2 years.RSV spreads rapidly among children. While most will recover in 1 to 2 weeks, even after recovery, infants and children can continue to spread the virus for 1 to 3 weeks.Infected person coughs or sneezes into air,by droplets.

In brief: Droplet spread

RSV or respiratory syncytial virus is contagious viral disease that may infect a person's lungs and breathing passages.
Most children will catch RSV by the age of 2 years.RSV spreads rapidly among children. While most will recover in 1 to 2 weeks, even after recovery, infants and children can continue to spread the virus for 1 to 3 weeks.Infected person coughs or sneezes into air,by droplets.
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Paramyxovirus

This relative of measles can only be transmitted from human to human thru respiratory secretions, often more by droplets on hands than by inhalation.
It usually infects children less than 2 yrs. Old, and most develop symptoms. It can produce pneumonia with occasionally severe effects on breathing and require hospitalization. The incubation period is about 5 days from exposure.

In brief: Paramyxovirus

This relative of measles can only be transmitted from human to human thru respiratory secretions, often more by droplets on hands than by inhalation.
It usually infects children less than 2 yrs. Old, and most develop symptoms. It can produce pneumonia with occasionally severe effects on breathing and require hospitalization. The incubation period is about 5 days from exposure.
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