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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Brenner Children’s pediatric emergency department has moved back to its original location. Learn more

In order to help protect patients, family members and health care workers from the spread of COVID-19, no visitors are allowed at any of Wake Forest Baptist Health’s outpatient or inpatient facilities, except in certain situations.
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Word! Respiratory Syncytial Virus

Word! Respiratory Syncytial Virus

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Respiratory Syncytial Virus

Say: RES-pur-uh-tor-ee sin-sish-EE-ul VY-rus

This infection (also called RSV) of the lungs and breathing passages is caused by a virus. RSV is very common in little kids. It's also very contagious.

When babies get RSV, it can make it hard for them to breathe. Older kids who get RSV usually just have the same symptoms as a cold. Kids who have RSV need to rest and drink lots of fluids to get better.