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Older adults amongst the most susceptible to RSV

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Tucson, Arizona (KGUN) — The risk of respiratory syncytial virus, also known as RSV, usually flies under the radar for older adults.

The number of elderly hospitalized with RSV is 10 times higher than in the previous year, so understanding the risks for those susceptible is important.

“Older adults with RSV begin with the same symptoms as younger adults: runny nose, runny nose, low-grade fever, sore throat, dry cough, fatigue, and other flu-like symptoms. It lasts for several days,” explained Mary Darby, nurse manager at the Pima County Health Department.

“However, older people and adults with chronic medical conditions, such as heart or lung disease, may experience more serious symptoms, such as high fever, dehydration, and difficulty breathing.

Seek immediate medical attention if these symptoms lead to extreme chest pain, loss of facial color, or difficulty breathing, Darby said.

It is also important for those who assist older people to be aware of the risks they impose on those who are more vulnerable.

“If you are caring for the elderly, wash your hands often. Be aware of your own symptoms and stay away if you have symptoms. These older people need that protection.” , consider wearing a mask to protect that senior citizen… take it seriously,” Darby stressed.

Between 6,000 and more than 10,000 elderly people die from RSV each year.

As you get through the holiday season, stay up to date on COVID-19 and flu vaccines, stay home if you’re not feeling well, wash your hands often, wear a mask if you’re at risk, and stay safe with others. Get closer. .

Breanna Isbell teeth KGUN 9 Reporter. She joined the KGUN 9 team in July 2022 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism from Arizona State University in May. Share story ideas with Breanna via email [email protected] or by connecting FacebookAlso twitter.

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