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September 27, 2023

The Basics of Cholesterol: Understanding its Role in Your Health

Almost 2 in 5 adults have high cholesterol, which puts them at risk for serious health conditions like heart disease and stroke¹.

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Lab Tests for Healthy Aging

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Celebrating Compassion and Collaboration: HNL Lab Medicine and NCC’s Back-to-School Pantry Drive

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August 28, 2023

Martin K. Till Featured on Health Care Power List

Martin K. Till, President and CEO of HNL Lab Medicine, has been named a top leader on Lehigh Valley Business’ Health Care Power List.  

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Why Blood Tests Are Important for Children: Top Tests Explained

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November 18, 2022

Download RSV| The Surge Continues, Putting Infants at Risk Infographic

Cases of RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, are surging in the United States at rates far higher and earlier than expected. RSV-associated hospitalizations have more than doubled compared to last season¹. Infants 0-6 months of age are at the highest risk of severe complications¹. Because there is no vaccine, it is important to prevent the spread of RSV. Learn to recognize the symptoms of RSV and take steps to reduce transmission of this contagious respiratory illness.  


Symptoms of RSV usually last for 1-2 weeks and develop in stages within 4-6 days of contracting the infection and can include²:
Download RSV | The Surge Continues, Putting Infants at Risk Infographic
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  • Fever
  • Sneezing, runny nose
  • Decreased appetite
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing or breathing difficulties

Symptoms in Young Infants

Very young infants with RSV may have fewer symptoms, such as²:
  • Irritability
  • Decreased activity or appetite
  • Breathing difficulties


Complications of RSV

Complications like inflammation of the small airways in the lungs (bronchiolitis) and infection of the lungs (pneumonia) may occur if RSV spreads to the lower respiratory tract. Severe symptoms may develop, including:
  • Barking or wheezing cough
  • Short, shallow, or rapid breathing
  • Bluish color of the skin, lips, or fingernails (due to lack of oxygen)
Complications and severe symptoms can require hospitalization, which usually lasts for a few days. Depending on the severity of symptoms, treatment may include IV fluids, breathing treatments, oxygen, or mechanical ventilation³.


Transmission, Treatment & Prevention

RSV can spread through respiratory droplets, close contact with an infected person, or contact with infected surfaces.
Since there is currently no specific treatment or cure for RSV, prevention is your best line of defense.
In order to prevent infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following:
  • Avoid close contact with infected people
  • Avoid sharing objects (including toys, cups, utensils, and bottles)
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or upper sleeve
  • Avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Stay home if sick
Cleaning and disinfecting frequently used objects and surfaces, such as mobile devices and doorknobs, is also recommended².

Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones from RSV

Although RSV usually leads to mild, cold-like symptoms that resolve in a week or two, some cases may require hospitalization. Infants and young children are particularly at risk. Taking steps to reduce the transmission of RSV can also help prevent infection in others. Be mindful of RSV this season- especially when spending time with infants and young children. To learn even more, visit RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) | CDC.


¹Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022, November 03). RSV-NET Interactive Dashboard. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.,was%209.0%20per%20100%2C000%20people .
²Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022, October 20). Respiratory syncytial virus infection (RSV). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. .
³American Lung Association. (2022, September 06). Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). .