Respiratory syncytial virus infection has spread in Egypt recently among many children of all ages and caused great horror among parents.
Respiratory syncytial virus is a group of mucosal viruses that, in some cases, can cause severe infections in the respiratory tract and enter the respiratory tract in children and adults.
Respiratory syncytial virus includes many of the symptoms that an infected person has because its symptoms are very similar to the common cold and appear in an infected person 4 to 5 days after infection.
Infection with respiratory syncytial virus disease lasts for two weeks, and in some severe cases, the infected person is forced to be hospitalized.
Dr. Reda Hegazy, Minister of Education, said in press statements that what is being said about the suspension of studies due to the spread of respiratory syncytial virus is not true, and that the educational process continues in its regularity. , with a focus on all respiratory syncytial virus precautions.
And the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population said the ministry’s preventive medicine sector examined a large number of children with respiratory symptoms and found that 73% of them were infected with respiratory syncytial virus.
Former Dean of the RT Heart Institute
Dr. Gamal Shaaban, former dean of the Egypt Heart Institute, confirmed to RT that RSV causes severe infection in some people, including children 12 months of age and younger (infants), especially premature babies, the elderly, and people with heart or lung disease. disease or someone with a weakened immune system (immunodeficiency).
He continued: “Symptoms. Signs and symptoms of RSV infection most often appear four to six days after exposure to the virus. In adults and older children, RSV usually causes mild cold symptoms.”
These symptoms may include nasal congestion or runny nose, dry cough, slight fever, sore throat, sneezing, and headache.
He noted that in severe cases, RSV infection can spread to the lower respiratory tract, causing pneumonia or bronchiolitis, inflammation of the small airways that enter the lungs.
Severe or life-threatening infections requiring hospitalization can occur in premature babies or in people with chronic heart or lung disease.
Because RSV and coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are types of respiratory viruses, some of the symptoms of RSV and COVID-19 may be similar. COVID-19 in children often causes mild symptoms such as fever, runny nose and cough.
In adults with COVID-19, symptoms may be more severe and may include difficulty breathing. And the presence of RSV can lower immunity and increase the risk of contracting COVID-19 – for children and adults. These infections can occur together, which can exacerbate the severity of COVID-19.