It looks like the usual wintertime viruses have come early this year. As of late October, the flu season has gotten off to a strong early start. Children’s hospitals are also full of RSV infections. RSV is stands for respiratory syncytial virus and can cause serious upper respiratory infections especially in children under 5 and adults over 65. COVID infections have been trending downward, but the virus is still hanging around with new positive cases.
Infections due to these viruses can present with very similar symptoms, so it is important to get tested early in order to limit spread to others. Viruses like COVID and Flu are also treated more effectively if treatment is begun with 48 hours of onset. Vaccines are available for COVID and Influenza, but there is currently no vaccine for RSV, but a vaccine is currently in trials.
Joshua White PA-C