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RSV Transmission Prevention

Guess what’s back - the cold and flu season and it’s really packing a punch! This year, doctors have noticed there’s one virus really impacting young children and it’s referred to as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Man Sneezing

RSV arrived early this season, spreading fast and causing more hospitalizations for children than usual. Hospitals all across our country are reporting more cases than usual and full emergency rooms.


Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common respiratory virus that is transmitted only between humans and can affect people of all ages.  In older children and adults, it causes mostly upper respiratory symptoms (colds), but it can cause a serious infection in the lungs (bronchiolitis or pneumonia) among infants and adults with serious underlying medical problems.

Most individuals (including infants) usually develop only a mild disease similar to that of a common cold, with congestion, runny nose, fever, and cough. But for some, it can be severe and even life-threatening.

About 25 percent to 40 percent of the affected infants and children will develop symptoms of bronchiolitis or pneumonia, and 5 percent to 20 percent will require hospitalization. Every year, RSV causes epidemics that usually occur during the winter and early spring. However, the actual timing and the duration vary between regions. According to healhcare providers this season is shaping up to be an atypical year for RSV.


RSV and many other viruses such as the coronavirus can be transmitted from person to person, usually after close contact with an infected patient suffering from coughing, sneezing that produces infected droplets from secretions of the mouth or nose. It also can spread by touching contaminated surfaces or objects such as doorknobs.

RSV can survive for at least 30 minutes on hands and for several hours on infected surfaces. Sometimes infants and people with weakened immune systems can continue to spread the virus for as long as 4 weeks.  Doctors are urging parents and patients to consider good old-fashioned preventative measures such as good hand hygiene practices, avoiding touching your face, nose or mouth, staying home when sick and covering coughs and sneezes. 

Affordable, Effective Infection Control Products Help Businesses Reduce the Spread of Germs & Bacteria


Disposable surface barrier products safeguard against cross-contamination and elevate infection control levels easily, quickly and affordably. Barrier products are very versatile and can be used to cover and protect just about anything in the operatory, showroom, retail store, production area or exam rooms to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. They're swipe or touchscreen compatible and use will not hinder the devices operations.

Barrier products include adhesive barrier sheets, equipment covers, chair covers, patient and stretcher drapes/sheets, headrest covers, electronic device covers and tray covers. Surface protectors are ideal for writing utensils such as pens, equipment, cell phones, instruments, hospitality type products, electronics, computer monitors, touchscreen devices such as tablets, computer keyboards and mouse and many other surfaces in any and all environments. They are designed to protect against germs, liquid spills, dust, food, oil, lint, germs, finger prints, grease and moisture.


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Take some time and shop today. MDS has many products that help your team and facility remain healthy so you can gain confidence that your surroundings are completely germ-free. We are here to help and wish our front liners, customers, vendors, friends and family remain healthy

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