While attention has been firmly fixed on stopping Covid-19, another potentially deadly virus has begun to creep into UK homes.

RSV, or Respiratory syncytial virus, poses a real threat to British households as winter approaches, sparking fears of a four-pronged virus attack in coming months.

Covid-19, the flu, common cold and now RSV are set to sweep the UK as the NHS braces itself for another turbulent period.

Currently, there is no vaccine for RSV, while the flu and Covid-19 are subject of a nationwide drive to get the public jabbed.

Speaking to Good Morning Britain, GP Doctor Hilary Jones told viewers RSV is prevalent amongst children and can be passed onto adults.

"Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults," warns the US's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What is RSV?

RSV is a common contagious virus that causes infections of the respiratory tract. For most, it results in nothing more than a cold, but for infants and the elderly it can lead to life threatening pneumonia or bronchiolitis.

It also impacts those classed as 'i mmunocompromised', such as patients undergoing chemotherapy, to a greater extent.

Sufferers of asthma are also more susceptible to developing complications as a result of RSV.

What are the symptoms of RSV?

RSV shares the some of the same symptoms of mild Covid-19. They include:

These symptoms do not always appear all at once, but usually in stages.

Severe symptoms of RSV

Non-profit medical organisation, the Mayo Clinic, says a RSV infection can spread to the lower respiratory tract, causing pneumonia or bronchiolitis.

Symptoms of this can include:

If you or someone you know are suffering from one of these symptoms, please contact your medical provider immediately.

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