There has been an increase in the recent period of talk about the respiratory syncytial virus (RCV), and with it the fears of parents of infecting their children, while doctors confirm that it is a common respiratory virus, especially in cold weather. Opportunity to build immunity against it, and with the easing of procedures this year, increased rates of syncytial virus infections were recorded.
And respiratory syncytial virus, according to medical reports, usually causes mild symptoms similar to those of a cold, and most people recover within a week or two, but it can be dangerous, especially in infants and the elderly.
Pediatrician Dr. Rasha Al-Daghestani explained to SANA that the respiratory syncytial virus appears seasonal every year and causes bronchiolitis attacks, but it is witnessing a greater spread this year among children due to the measures taken to prevent the spread of the Corona virus and prevent the spread of other viruses, and children's immunity has become less in the face of it.
Symptoms of the virus appear after 4 days of incubation in the body, according to Dr. Daghestani, in the form of a runny nose, high body temperature, normal and spastic cough, in addition to respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath, respiratory humiliation and cyanosis, noting that the severity of symptoms varies from one child to another according to his reaction to the virus.
The virus is easily transmitted, according to Dr. Daghestani, through respiratory droplets and lives on surfaces and door handles for several hours, indicating that prevention and breaking the cycle of infection is through washing hands, wearing a mask and using a tissue when coughing and sneezing.
Dr. Al-Daghestani warned of the need to obtain medical advice as soon as symptoms appear on the child, because they may develop and cause complications, including low oxygen, and then there is a need to follow up the child in the hospital, pointing out that the virus is more dangerous among children who did not exceed six months, premature and immunocompromised, and children who suffer from diseases Chronic respiratory and heart problems.