Put your mask back on you rube. The government is now pushing the notion that we all have to mask up in order to stop spreading RSV. What the fucking hell. This shit will never end.
A familiar respiratory virus is finding a foothold in the U.S. as the Covid-19 pandemic eases and people take fewer precautions: respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.
Health authorities and pediatricians said they are recording an unseasonably high number of RSV cases, which are typically more common in the fall and winter. Infections of RSV and influenza were way down last season, officials said, likely because of distancing, face-mask wearing and hygiene measures to contain Covid-19.
“The things we were doing to protect ourselves from getting Covid are also excellent at preventing us from getting flu and RSV,” said Chulie Ulloa, a pediatric infectious disease specialist and assistant professor at the UC Irvine School of Medicine. “As everything is relaxing, we’re probably going to see an uptick in some of these common infections that we normally see outside of a pandemic.”Wall Street Journal
Never mind that barely anyone dies from this. It’s just like COVID-19 where it mainly kills people with compromised immune systems and the very old. At least those that are obese or have T2 Diabetes seem to be safe from the ravages of RSV.
While RSV very rarely causes severe disease in healthy adults, it can cause significant morbidity and mortality in the elderly and in those with underlying immune compromise or cardiopulmonary disease. Older adults have a similar presentation to younger adults but tend to have greater symptom severity with increased risk of lower respiratory tract involvement. In particular, the elderly are more likely to experience pneumonia, respiratory distress, and death.Wikipedia
Most people who get an RSV infection will have mild illness and will recover in a week or two. Some people, however, are more likely to develop severe RSV infection and may need to be hospitalized. Examples of severe infections include bronchiolitis (an inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia.CDC.gov