LAS VEGAS, Nev. (702 Times, NV Globe) – The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) is offering an update on increased RSV, COVID, and flu cases, as well as recommendations on how to keep your loved ones safe this winter, in the heart of the autumn season.
SNHD reports more than 1,800 instances of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in Clark County during November, a 200% increase from the same period previous year (approximately 600 cases).
RSV is a common respiratory virus that spreads mostly when an infected person coughs or sneezes, according to the health district.
There is presently no vaccine available to cure the virus, thus therapy is limited to symptom management.
The SNHD announced the first two flu-related fatalities this season on Tuesday.
The health district reported 67 confirmed influenza-related hospitalizations from November 13 to November 19, a 72% increase from the previous week.
As flu season approaches this winter, everyone who is eligible for a flu vaccine is recommended to get one.
Vaccine clinics may be accessed by clicking here.
Among these seasonal respiratory viruses, COVID-19 remains a threat to the community, with new numbers showing an increase in cases and hospitalizations; however, community transmission levels in Clark County continue to fluctuate between moderate and substantial levels.
SNHD advises all people, but especially those who are more at risk of severe illness or live with someone who is, to take extra precautions by following the following guidelines:
- Wash frequently hands with soap and running water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Throw the tissue away after using it.
- Consider wearing a well-fitting, good-quality mask when indoors or in crowded spaces.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean commonly touched surfaces.
- Stay home when sick and limit contact with others.
- Take a COVID-19 test. People who develop flu-like symptoms should take a COVID-19 test, especially if they have underlying conditions that put them more at risk for severe illness or hospitalization from flu or COVID.
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