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Adults should be aware of the risk of illness ahead of holidays as RSV cases in adults rise

New Yorkers are being reminded by leaders in NYS to remain aware of the triple threat this holiday season.

The triple threat includes COVID-19, RSV, and the flu.

A mask mandate is very unlikely, and experts are just asking people to approach the holidays with the vulnerable people in their families in mind.

As safety measures are shared and suggested, the number of cases for RSV are starting to rise for adults. Some adults are even finding themselves catching it from their small children who have it first. Some people are over it within a couple of days, but others are suffering from more severe symptoms with lasting coughs.


There are tests for RSV if it becomes bad, but if you find yourself sick, stay home and do not spread the illness while recovering.

Mild symptoms can include runny nose, congestion, cough, and a post nasal drip. Severe symptoms can include coughing fits, trouble breathing, wheezing, and fever. If you’re worried, contact your primary care physician.

In addition the Upstate Medical University’s Public Health hotline is expanding their hours for those with concerns.

Expanded hours started on November 28. People may now call between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. seven days a week at 315-464-3979. A team of Upstate nurses are available to answer people’s questions.

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