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Health Tip: Help Prevent RSV

Infection may be dangerous for infants and older adults

(HealthDay News) -- Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a contagious virus. Potentially serious among infants and older adults, it usually mimics symptoms of the common cold.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these preventive tips:

  • Using warm water and soap, wash your hands frequently throughout the day. Wash for at least 20 seconds.
  • Do not touch your mouth, nose, eyes or face with hands that have not just been washed.
  • Do not share eating utensils or cups with someone who is sick. Avoid kissing or other close contact.
  • When you cough or sneeze, use a tissue to cover your mouth or nose. Throw tissue away after use.
  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Disinfect frequently touched items, such as doorknobs and toys.

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