RSV

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RSV

What is RSV?

RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) infects the airway. It's the most common cause of severe respiratory illness in children under two years old, and the main reason for them being admitted to hospital with a respiratory infection.

It spreads by:

  • Coughing or sneezing which causes droplets in saliva and mucus to be inhaled by people nearby.

  • Touching contaminated surfaces and used tissues, then putting your hand to your nose, eyes or mouth.

The symptoms are:

  • Cold-like symptoms, including a cough and earache.

  • It can cause severe conditions, like bronchiolitis or pneumonia, which might require hospitalisation.

Ways to help avoid RSV:

If someone has a respiratory infection, wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Vulnerable people should avoid contact with anyone suffering from RSV.

Encourage children to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze and to wash their hands frequently.

You can help prevent the spread of the virus by regularly using Domestos Multipurpose Thick Bleach to disinfect the floors and surfaces that people come into contact with.

Disinfect cleaning cloths by soaking them overnight in a dilute solution of Domestos Multipurpose Thick Bleach and drying them thoroughly.

How to mop your kitchen floor

If you’re using a rag mop, follow a tight figure of eight. That way, it’ll pick up all of the nasty bits and bobs on the floor. If you’re using a sponge mop, work in vertical lines as you would with a hoover.

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