Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) isn’t as harmful to most adults as it is to children, the elderly to people who have chronic lung diseases like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). To everyone else, it just comes on like a regular cold virus, with a cough, runny nose, fever, earache and a mild sore throat. They just need to rest and drink plenty of fluids and they should feel better in about a week or less.
Babies, small children, the elderly and people with chronic lung conditions will be hit much harder and will likely turn into pneumonia. It’s always a good idea to go straight to the doctor if you or someone in one of these groups is showing signs of a cold like this, just to play it safe. In someone with asthma or COPD, this can be very dangerous, just because it will bring on an asthma attack or an exacerbation. COPD exacerbations make COPD worse and decrease lung function even more.