RSV, COVID-19, and the Flu are highly contagious viruses that display varying symptoms at different times. They each present symptoms within a distinct onset period. Some display quicker than others. If you are experiencing symptoms, visit a healthcare provider to receive a confirmed diagnosis and treatment plan.
RSV: RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, is a common respiratory virus known for causing cold-like symptoms in most individuals, with recovery typically occurring within a week or two. It can lead to severe illness, particularly in infants and older adults, often necessitating hospitalization due to its potential to cause serious respiratory issues. People infected with RSV typically show mild cold symptoms within 4 to 6 days after getting infected. Symptoms of RSV infection usually include:
Decrease in appetite
These symptoms usually appear in stages and not all at once. In very young infants with RSV, the only symptoms may be irritability, decreased activity, and breathing difficulties.
COVID-19: COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus named SARS-Cov2. It is considered very contagious and spreads quickly. COVID-19 symptoms are similar to respiratory viruses like a cold, flu, or pneumonia. COVID-19 attacks more of your lungs and respiratory system. Most people experience mild to moderate respiratory illnesses. The symptom onset for COVID-19 can from 2-14 days following exposure and can include:
Loss or change in taste and smell
Shortness of breath
Congestion/ runny nose
Flu: contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza virus that infects the nose, throat, and potentially lungs. Symptoms usually appear suddenly and can include: