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Common cold viruses already prevalent as winter looms

Posted at 11:23 AM, Nov 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-19 13:25:31-05

BOZEMAN – As the winter season is quickly approaching, so is Bronchiolitis and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and doctors have already seen many cases of RSV make way into their offices.

It’s a common infection for pediatrics but adults can also catch it. Bronchiolitis is the virus that causes most colds for children and it affects the airways in the lungs.

“The best prevention, of course, is covering the mouth and washing the hands a lot. It is a respiratory infection that is spread by cough and sneeze, but it can also exist on counter tops and animate objects for hours and so good hand hygiene is probably the best thing,” said Bozeman Health General Pediatrician Mark Hodgson.

“Trying to avoid exposure when we know that we have kids that are sick, keeping them home and keeping them kind of isolated,” Dr. Hodgson added.

Doctors say the virus can linger for up to 10 days and it is best if those who have the virus stay away from people who are prone to become ill, such as young children and elderly people.

-Emma Hamilton reporting for MTN News