Respiratory virus spreads in the southern US

Live Science | Jul 1, 2021 at 9:54 PM
  • Parts of the southern U.S. are seeing off-season spikes in a respiratory virus called RSV after the lifting of public health measures put into place to slow COVID-19 spread, public health experts warn.
  • For most people, the virus causes a typical cold, but for vulnerable populations — older adults with chronic conditions, young children and infants — the virus can cause more severe illness.
  • The CDC recommends that health care workers increase testing for RSV among patients who have symptoms of an acute respiratory illness but who test negative for COVID-19.