Press realease from City of Framingham.

FRAMINGHAM, MA — The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is seeing an increase in COVID, influenza, and RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) cases.

The City of Framingham is also seeing an uptick in COVID cases.

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common, contagious virus that usually causes mild symptoms. In older adults and adults with certain underlying conditions, RSV can cause severe infections.

Individuals with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

COVID symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms.

Possible symptoms include:

• Fever or chills
• Cough
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Fatigue
• Muscle or body aches
• Headache
• New loss of taste or smell
• Sore throat
• Congestion or runny nose
• Nausea or vomiting
• Diarrhea

Please stay home if you are experience flu-like symptoms.

Use COVID test kits if you are not feeling well or before attending public activities.

If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, you may have been infected with the virus. Recommendation is to take a self COVID test.

If positive, please wear a high-quality mask when indoors around others (including inside your home) for 10 days, continue to test, and monitor your symptoms.

Seek medical care from your primary care doctor if your condition or symptoms worsen.

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT RSV

Signs and symptoms of respiratory syncytial virus infection usually appear about four to six days after exposure to the virus.

In adults and older children, RSV usually causes mild cold-like signs and symptoms. Symptoms include:

• Congested or runny nose
• Dry cough
• Low-grade fever
• Sore throat
• Sneezing
• Headache

In severe cases, RSV infection can spread to the lower respiratory tract, causing pneumonia or bronchiolitis.

Severe signs and symptoms may include:

• Fever
• Severe cough
• Wheezing — a high-pitched noise that's usually heard on breathing out (exhaling)

• Rapid breathing or difficulty breathing — the person may prefer to sit up rather than lie down

• Bluish color of the skin due to lack of oxygen (cyanosis)

You should contact your primary care doctor if experiencing any severe signs.

Because RSV and COVID-19 are both types of respiratory viruses, some symptoms of RSV and COVID can be similar.

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