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RSV alert: bring those masks back out!

The CDC is alerting everyone to the risk of RSV, respiratory syncytial (“sin-SISH-ul”) virus, which is most commonly seen in infants and young children but can also be dangerous to elders and people with immune compromise. This appears to be a banner year for RSV, with the CDC reporting that elders are being hospitalized with RSV pneumonia at far higher rates than are typical. Unfortunately, there is no vaccine, and the only treatment available is aimed at alleviating symptoms, which are similar to those of a cold (or COVID).

What can you do? The precautions you took against COVID will help. If you’ve stopped masking in public indoor spaces, you might want to restart that habit. Wash your hands and avoid touching your face. Stay home and rest if you’re feeling ill, seek medical care if you’re not getting better.