Understanding and Preventing RSV Infection

Understanding and Preventing RSV Infection

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a highly contagious virus that can cause respiratory infections in people of all ages.

In this web story, we will explore the symptoms of RSV and its impact on public health, as well as ways to prevent its spread and potential treatments.

RSV can cause severe illness in vulnerable populations, particularly infants, older adults, and those with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms can range from mild to severe, including coughing, wheezing, fever, and difficulty breathing.

RSV can also lead to more serious respiratory conditions like bronchiolitis or pneumonia.

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated public health measures may have impacted RSV transmission rates in recent years.

Prevention is key to reducing the spread of RSV, including frequent hand-washing, avoiding close contact with sick individuals, and staying home when feeling unwell.

Vaccines are now available for certain populations, like older adults and premature babies.

GSK's Arexvy vaccine has recently been approved by the FDA, showing 94% efficacy against severe disease and 71.7% against infection.

Other drug manufacturers are also pursuing RSV vaccines and antibody drugs for different age groups.

RSV can have a significant impact on public health and healthcare systems, causing up to 400,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths each year in the United States alone.

The economic burden of RSV-related hospitalizations and medical care is also substantial.

In addition to the direct impact on human health, RSV can also have environmental and social impacts.

The use of disinfectants and other cleaning products to prevent the spread of RSV can contribute to environmental pollution and may have negative effects on human health and wildlife.

Climate change may also play a role in the spread of RSV, highlighting the need for a multi-faceted approach to addressing this virus.

Supporting public health measures like vaccination and disease surveillance, as well as practicing good hygiene and seeking medical care when necessary, can help reduce the impact of RSV on individuals and communities.

By working together, we can help prevent thousands of hospitalizations and deaths caused by this common virus.