Medical Health Cluster

Respiratory

RSV Infection in Older Adults

  Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) causes respiratory infections in humans. What Are the Symptoms of RSV Infection? In most people, RSV causes mild cold-like symptoms of cough, runny nose, sore throat, headache, decreased appetite, and fever that typically last less than 5 days. However, in older adults, RSV can cause […]

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Seasonality of Respiratory Syncytial Virus — United States, 2017–2023

Summary What is already known about this topic? In the United States, the timing of seasonal respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) epidemics (October–April) was disrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic. What is added by this report? RSV circulation was historically low during 2020–21 and began earlier and continued longer during 2021–22 than […]

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Pediatricians and parents on the brink: This is their March 2020

In March 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic swept across the United States, the nation’s pediatric providers and pediatric units immediately pitched in to treat adults sickened by this then-mysterious and deadly disease. But now that the pediatric community is facing its own March 2020 with the confluence of Covid-19, influenza, […]

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SARS-CoV-2 viral load and shedding kinetics

Abstract SARS-CoV-2 viral load and detection of infectious virus in the respiratory tract are the two key parameters for estimating infectiousness. As shedding of infectious virus is required for onward transmission, understanding shedding characteristics is relevant for public health interventions. Viral shedding is influenced by biological characteristics of the virus, […]

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