RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus)

This virus is very contagious. While not especially dangerous in adults, in children and infants it can lead to far more serious diseases. Can cause bronchiolitis and pneumonia, which are its primary methods of infection! Do not let come into contact with children. Simple direct contact can spread the virus. The average time the symptoms last is about a week, but special cases may extend it to more than two weeks. Isolate those with cold viruses and frequently wash hands to avoid catching and spreading this troublesome virus. The virus most commonly appears in the wet season of Tropical areas and Winter of Temperate areas, and it can be found almost globally. Weaker people with suppressed or underdeveloped immune systems (such as babies) are more at risk for RSV, although it is a very common virus that often doesn't cause many problems. Treatment includes fever reducing drugs and patience, waiting for the disease to blow over while ensuring that it doesn't develop is the best treatment, visiting a doctor is the best way to do this.

Scientific Info

RSV is part of group V of viruses of the order Mononegavirales, family Paramyxoviridae, and genus Pneumovirus. RSV is a medium-sized virus (at 120-200nm) with an envelope and lipoprotein coat and linear minus-sense RNA genome. It infects Epithelial (Lumenal Columnar) cells. This virus replicates through both Lysogenic and Lytic methods.
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