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Is RSV contagious?

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According to Mayo Clinic, respiratory syncytial virus is contagious. RSV is easily transmitted when infected secretions, particularly from coughing and sneezing, are inhaled or spread by direct contact, such as through shaking hands. This virus may enter the body through the mouth, nose or eyes.

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According to Mayo Clinic, RSV can survive on inanimate objects, such as door handles and countertops, for hours. An individual infected with the virus is the most contagious within the first couple of days following infection, but the contagious period may last for weeks after the start of the infection. Most children get RSV by the time they reach age 2. The time of the year that is considered to have the most RSV activity is between fall and spring.

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