Health expert says “keep kids home” as RSV spike continues nationwide

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- As cases of RSV rise nationwide, a CHI Health expert says newborns are more prone to the virus.

Dr. Anthony Cook says protecting your child should be a top priority this cold and flu season.

“Newborns are more prone to getting sick with influenza and RSV, we’re seeing a lot of that right now,” he said.

Cook says misconceptions about RSV and how it spreads should be taken into consideration before dismissing your child’s symptoms.

“One of the misconceptions is that somebody has to be febrile to be infectious, meaning they have to have a fever. That’s not true. Any of those symptoms, coughing, runny nose, rashes, things that just don’t seem right, the child’s still infectious.”

Paying attention to those signs can tell you when it’s time to take your child to their pediatrician says Cook, as symptoms can vary.

“We tell you not to send your kid to school if they have a fever, but really, in flu season or RSV season, any of those symptoms, you really should stay or keep that child at home for at least 24 to 36 hours after symptoms resolved.”

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