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As the fall season ushers in and kids are back to school, we find ourselves once again facing the challenge of a rise in respiratory viruses. A new alert out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns of rising RSV cases in certain parts of the country.
RSV is not a new adversary. It’s a common virus that for most people causes mild, cold-like symptoms. While RSV typically peaks during the winter months, the pattern has shifted in recent years, with the virus showing up earlier in the year.
The Southeast is now seeing a rise in RSV cases signalizing RSV season has begun, and the rest of the country can expect to see the same over the next couple of months.
So, what should we know heading into the fall?
Knowledge is our first line of defense. Being informed about the rising RSV cases allows individuals and health care professionals to detect infections early and educate at-risk populations about necessary precautions.
1. Know the signs of RSV
Common symptoms of RSV include coughing, sneezing, a runny or stuffy nose, and even a mild fever. While these