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RSV Vs. COVID: Here’s How You Can Tell the Difference

Yesenia Harris



(NEXSTAR) – Recently, it become the most prevalent virus among children in the Denver area. It has contributed to rising pediatric hospitalization rates in San Diego. And no, it’s not COVID-19. It’s RSV.

RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, causes mild, cold-like symptoms. While most people recover in a week or two, RSV can be serious for infants and older adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In children younger than 1-year-old, RSV can lead to bronchiolitis and pneumonia.

While hospitals nationwide are reporting high case counts of RSV among children, it isn’t uncommon to see the virus peaking during this time of year. The CDC reports that the “RSV season” typically begins between mid-September and mid-November, peaks from late December to mid-February, and comes to an end between mid-April and mid-May. The only difference is Florida, where the CDC says RSV season starts earlier in the year and lasts longer.

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In 2020, when mask-wearing and physical distancing were in effect for COVID-19, there were fewer cases of RSV reported, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. In spring 2021, when many of those COVID-19 protocols were lifted, RSV cases began to rise again.

“RSV is very contagious and very prevalent in the school system as well as throughout daycare centers and in homes,” said Dr. Reginald Washington, chief medical officer at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver, said last week. He noted that while COVID is increasing in its prevalence, RSV is the most prevalent virus impacting kids in his area.

Amidst rising cases of both RSV and COVID-19, how can you tell the difference between the viruses?

What are the symptoms of RSV and COVID-19?

RSV and COVID-19 share many of the same symptoms. They are both viruses that can affect the respiratory system and can be more dangerous for infants and young children, as well as older adults.

Here are the symptoms of RSV, courtesy of the CDC:

Runny noseDecrease in appetiteCoughingSneezingFeverWheezing

These symptoms typically appear in stages, not all at once. In most cases, RSV leads to a cold, which can be followed by bronchiolitis or pneumonia.

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Here are the common symptoms of COVID-19:

Fever or chillsCoughShortness of breath or difficulty breathingFatigueMuscle or body achesHeadacheNew loss of taste or smellSore throatCongestion or runny noseNausea or vomitingDiarrhea

While COVID-19 brings symptoms more related to the flu, both viruses can cause a fever, coughing, and other respiratory-related signs.

How do I know if I have RSV or COVID-19?

COVID-19, as we know, can be detected with the use of nasal swaps. RSV, on the other hand, is typically diagnosed based on a physical examination by a doctor.

According to the Mayo Clinic, laboratory and imaging tests aren’t usually needed to determine if you have RSV, but they can help to diagnose complications of the virus or rule out other conditions that cause similar symptoms. RSV testing may include blood tests; chest X-rays; a swab of your mouth or nose; and pulse oximetry, which detects oxygen in the blood.

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Unlike COVID-19, there is no vaccine for RSV, yet most RSV infections will go away on their own in a week or two. The CDC recommends washing your hands often, covering your coughs or sneezes, avoiding close contact with others, and cleaning frequently touched surfaces to prevent the spread of RSV.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends the above practices, as well as wearing a mask when in public indoor settings.

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Pulaski County Fair Comes to North Little Rock Riverfront Park

Yesenia Harris



NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – If you are looking for a fun time going into the weekend, the Pulaski County Fair is back in the Little Rock metro this week.

North Little Rock is hosting its 2nd annual fair at the Riverfront Park in North Little Rock. The fair hours Wednesday through Friday will be 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, it will open at noon and close at 11 p.m.

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Fair-goers will be able to enjoy Hip Hop Night Thursday and participate in a pie contest the following Sunday. Other activities include rides, games and talent contests.

Adult admission is $5 and children 12 and under will have free admission.

For more information on ticket purchase and activities, visit

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Court Recesses in Josh Duggar Child Pornography Sentencing

Yesenia Harris



FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — On May 25, Judge Timothy L. Brooks called a recess in the Western District of Arkansas Federal Court shortly after 11:30 a.m.

Nearly the entire morning session of Joshua Duggar’s sentencing hearing was spent addressing a list of objections the defense made to a pre-sentencing report submitted to the court. The prosecution had one objection, which was addressed before today’s hearing.

The defense had 21 objections, and the morning proceed with the judge addressing many of them. Several objections about sentencing enhancements were overruled, others were sustained, and a handful of them were tabled until later in the day.

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Some of the judge’s rulings on certain objections also rendered others moot, seeing some of the 22 items withdrawn. The judge also vacated one of Duggar’s convictions as a lesser charge, which he had previously noted he would do when Duggar was found guilty in December, 2021.

The judge sided with the defense on the matter of whether Duggar “did knowingly engage in distribution” of illegal child sexual assault materials. At issue was the peer-to-peer file sharing software Duggar used, which is how his activity was first discovered by an undercover Little Rock police officer.

Ultimately, the judge found the passive nature of the software, which cannot turn file sharing ability on or off, to be enough to sustain the defense’s objection.

Another matter that has been disputed by both sides in sentencing memorandums pertains to the total number of images Duggar downloaded. The defense has maintained that the number is “127 at most,” while the prosecution has stated that there were over 600.

Today, the judge clarified the importance of this difference, noting that the defense’s total would result in a two-level sentencing enhancement, while the prosecution’s higher number would increase that to a five level enhancement.

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A good deal of time was spent trying to calculate an exact total, with the judge ultimately deciding that it was impossible, partially due to the presence of some files being located in unallocated space on Duggar’s computer. Judge Brooks added that each video counted as 75 images in this total.

“The Court gets to 525 images very easily,” he stated, before settling on an unconfirmed total of 590. He acknowledged that there may be more than 600, but for sentencing purposes he limited the enhancement to four levels.

Two defense objections pertained to what the court called Duggar’s “Ashley Madison scandal,” and the judge ruled that his confessions about infidelity before the trial and his own words about having a pornography addiction were “relevant in several respects.”

Judge Brooks will rule on the remaining objections and subsequently begin addressing the final sentencing guidelines this afternoon, beginning at 12:10 p.m.

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Norwich Man Charged With Home Invasion, Assault With “hatchet-style” Weapon

Yesenia Harris



Norwich police on Wednesday, with the aid of the U.S. Marshal’s Service, arrested the suspect in a Feb. 8 home invasion.

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