Just like 2020, a virus is sweeping around the country, infecting students, and forcing schools to temporarily close their doors. Only this time it’s not coronavirus.
Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, has been ravaging schools all around the country. Symptoms of RSV typically include a runny nose, reduced appetite, coughing, sneezing, fever, and wheezing. Though not every person will have every symptom. RSV isn’t new but there are substantially more cases of RSV than is typical this time of year.
To make matters worse, COVID-19 is still around, and the seasonal flu is also seeing an uptick in cases. Experts were expecting a combination of COVID and the flu but the addition of RSV has taken this season from a “Twindemic” to a “tripledemic.”
Schools in Virginia, Louisiana, and Alabama have already been forced to close due to a significant number of cases of the aforementioned illnesses.
There is no vaccine for RSV but there are for COVID-19 and the seasonal flu.
Read more about RSV here. (CDC)