Since RSV cannot be prevented, the best thing a parent can do is try to postpone it - Christopher Johnson


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Treating Respiratory Synctial Virus Nothing Works

It’s that time of year again in the PICU, time for a winter outbreak of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). RSV is extremely common and highly infectious: its attack rate, meaning the chances of a susceptible person getting the infection if exposed to a case, is among the highest of any virus. Estimates are that as many as 125,000 infants each year are hospitalized with RSV, with many, many more infected less severely. The peak age for those children needing a hospital is between two and five months. It is so common that by early childhood virtually all of us have been infected at least once.

Much of the time RSV causes the symptoms of a cold — cough, runny nose, sometimes a low-grade…

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