RSV vs Covid-19

Dec 13, 2021

RSV vs Covid-19

Cold-like symptoms can be common for many respiratory viruses, including RSV and Covid-19. Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV, is a common respiratory virus that causes mild cold-like symptoms and is the most common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in children younger than the age of one in the US.

The major symptoms of RSV arecongestion or runny nose, coughing, fever, sneezing, sore throat, headache, and decrease in appetite. More severe cases of RSV infection include wheezing, rapid/difficulty breathing, and bluish color of the skin (due to lack of oxygen). The most common symptoms of Covid-19 include fever, cough, congestion or runny nose, sore throat, and fatigue.

More severe cases of Covid-19 include persistent pain or pressure in the chest, inability to stay awake, or new confusion. With the most common and most prevalent symptoms being coughing, runny nose, fever, and headache for both viruses, it’s important to know and figure out when to get your child tested for Covid-19.

If your child has any symptoms of respiratory illness, you should get them tested for Covid-19 immediately. If your child’s symptoms worsen such as a high fever, difficulty breathing or they have developed a blue color to the skin (commonly lips and in the nail beds of fingers and toes), seek out emergency medical attention immediately.

If you think your child may have symptoms of RSV or Covid-19, call today to schedule an appointment!