You and your library patrons are probably hearing and reading about an increase in RSV cases. We have put together some resources to help you and your patrons better understand and prevent the spread of RSV.
Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is a common respiratory virus. It usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. But it can cause serious lung infections, especially in infants, older adults, and people with serious medical problems.
MedlinePlus page on RSV – what is it, what are the symptoms and treatments (available in Spanish)
Cold, Flu, or Allergy? Know the Difference for Best Treatment from NIH (available in Spanish)
Recognizing RSV More Than the Common Cold from NIH (available in Spanish)
What is RSV, recognizing the symptoms, and other information for parents from KidsHealth.org. Includes audio option, Spanish language version, and video.
RSV: When It’s More Than Just a Cold Provides information recognizing symptoms, making your baby more comfortable and when to contact a medical professional. From Kidshealth.org Includes audio option, Spanish language version, and video.
Webinar recording RSV: When It’s More Than Just a Cold This webinar took place on Sept 30, 2022 Host: Dr. Jennifer Shu & Dr. Anna Zimmermann from healthychildren.org
Printable Factsheets and infographics from the CDC (available in Spanish)
Guidelines on how to protect yourself and your loved ones from RSV infection from the CDC (available in Spanish)
Know the symptoms to look for and how to care for people with RSV from the CDC (available in Spanish)
A Podcast from the CDC on Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Dr. Eileen Schneider talks about a common cause of respiratory illness in young children Running Time: 4:22 minutes
RSV information on prevention and treatment from the National Center on Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV) in Older Adults and Adults with Chronic Medical Conditions from the CDC (available in Spanish)
Printable posters and graphics on hand-washing from the CDC (available in Spanish and other languages)