We are facing an unprecedented health crisis: the combination of the flu season, the Coronavirus, and the Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has caused an extraordinary number of cases of respiratory illnesses. This ‘tripledemic’ leaves many people wondering how to protect themselves and their families from these illnesses. Let’s dive into what this means for your health and safety.
What is RSV?
RSV stands for Respiratory syncytial virus. It is an infection that affects the lungs and breathing passages. Most people recover from an RSV infection in one to two weeks, but it can be more severe for seniors and young children. In addition to a sore throat or fever, some symptoms include coughing, difficulty breathing, chest pain, runny nose, or sneezing. It is also highly contagious, so contact with an infected person can easily spread the virus.
How Does RSV Relate to Flu & COVID?
The most common symptoms of all three illnesses are fever, cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing. That being said, some key differences between them make it important to understand which one you are dealing with. The combination of these three viruses has created a unique situation for health professionals.
However, the flu and COVID-19 vaccines will provide some protection against the two viruses. Health professionals suggest that if you plan on getting a flu shot this year, you should get it as early as possible so it can offer maximal protection during the winter months when all three viruses are most active.
Additionally, all three of these viruses have similar symptoms so it is important to seek medical attention if you feel any of these symptoms arising to determine which virus you may have contracted. Finally, good hygiene practices such as handwashing and social distancing are still essential to help prevent the transmission of all three viruses.
Navigating a ‘tripledemic’ like we are facing today can be difficult and overwhelming, but understanding how the various viruses interact can help protect you from contracting any of them. Knowing the signs and symptoms associated with each virus can help you identify which one you may have contracted in case you fall ill this winter season—as well as taking necessary precautions such as getting your flu shot early on in the season as well as practicing good hygiene habits like regular handwashing and social distancing where possible! By being proactive about our health, we can help reduce our risk of contracting any virus and its spread within our communities.
Get Your Vaccinations
Get ahead of the game and stay protected against the seasonal flu this season! Vaccination triggers your body to develop antibodies that protect you from influenza virus infection. Don't wait until it's too late - get immunized before any spread occurs in your community! If your residents are to contract the flu, our pharmacy is stocked and is available 24/7 for emergencies. If you have any questions about flu vaccines, contact us or call us with questions at 845-341-2714.