Is It Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) or a Cold?

RSV causes a mild infection similar to the common cold. But, RSV is more likely to cause fever, wheezing, and difficulty eating. Both may be treated at home without medical intervention within around 1 week.

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a virus that leads to a mild infection. It causes symptoms that are very similar to the common cold.

RSV lasts about as long as the common cold, and you can typically treat it at home with rest, just like a cold.

However, there are some differences. Several viruses can cause a cold, not only RSV. And not all symptoms of RSV and colds are the same.

What is RSV?

RSV is a common virus that causes infections in humans. Most RSV infections are mild and cause symptoms similar to the common cold.

Typically, people have symptoms for about 1 week and can recover without medical treatment.

What is a cold?

cold is a mild and very common infection. Adults have about two to three colds each year. Children typically have colds more often.

You can treat most colds with rest and over-the-counter (OTC) medications. People typically start to feel better in less than a week.

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