CDC: Common cold virus returns to pre-Covid patterns

The CDC is reporting a return to the usual when it comes to the virus that causes common colds.

According to a news release today, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is returning to the patterns seen prior to Covid-19.

Recently, the winter peaks of RSV were thrown off by Covid and the pandemic shutdowns.

Read the CDC announcement below.

Seasonality of Respiratory Syncytial Virus — United States, 2017–2023

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) epidemics occurred at different times of year than usual during the past 2 years but are showing signs of returning to prepandemic seasonal patterns

  • To assess U.S. RSV trends before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers analyzed PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test results reported during July 2017–February 2023.
  • Although an eventual return to prepandemic RSV seasonality, with winter peaks, is expected, clinicians should be aware that RSV might continue to circulate at unexpected times.
  • Decision-makers should consider the timing of RSV epidemics when implementing RSV prevention products including monoclonal antibodies.

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