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Published October 14, 2022
Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV, is a respiratory virus that causes infection in the lungs and respiratory tract. Symptoms are usually mild and cold-like, but they can become severe and lead to complications like difficulty breathing, hospitalization, and death. RSV is common in kids under the age of two, which has led to a misconceived notion that it’s just a “little kids’ virus,” even though it’s quite common in older adults over the age of 65 and every year over 17,000 older Americans die from RSV.
This short film interviews Dr. Donald Schuessler, a Pediatrician in Upstate New York who contracted RSV. He shares his experience with RSV from his symptoms, to getting tested, and – eventually – his recovery. Talk to your healthcare provider about your risk factors for RSV and how you can protect yourself and your loved ones and go to agingresearch.org/OurBestShot to learn more. Watch this video in 60 seconds: https://youtu.be/o8EBJlFToEQ.