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Staying Healthy this Fall!

Posted on: Sep 18, 2023

PPH’s Infection Preventionist, Eileen Bratton, often meets with residents and staff to answer questions about the risk of becoming infected with Covid, the seasonal flu, or RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus).

Eileen Bratton, PPH’s Infection Preventionist

Eileen has broken down the three viruses, treatment protocols, type of symptoms, how long they last and when to call your doctor.

RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus)

RSV is the most common cause of lower respiratory tract illness. Annually 60,000 to 120,000 older adults are hospitalized and 6.000 to 10,000 die from the RSV infection. Symptoms include:

RSV virus can lead to pneumonia, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) exacerbation and CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and is dangerous for young children and adults over 65; especially those with chronic lung disease and weakened immune symptoms. RSV typically lasts 2-8 days but can last longer. Treatment is rest, fluids, and pain-relieving medications.

Covid 19

Typically, symptoms start 2-14 days after exposure, with day five being when symptoms get serious. Symptoms include:

An individual that is Covid positive can be infectious for 10 days. At first, symptoms are vague and then seem to get worse and that is when a person will get tested and discover they are positive. Treatment is isolation, rest, fluids, pain relieving medications and antiviral medications.


Influenza, AKA “the flu,” is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. The Flu spreads easily when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms appear suddenly and include:

An individual is contagious from one day before symptoms to up to five days after they are symptomatic. Treatment is rest, fluids, and antiviral medication.

Vaccines are available for all three viruses.

Be aware of all three of these viruses and if you think you may be ill with any of these, please isolate yourself and check in with your Primary Care Physician (PCP).

Remember, using masks in crowded areas and good hand hygiene can help you to avoid all three of these viruses!

We hope you stay safe and healthy this fall!


What Residents Say

"In my nine years at PPH, I’ve grown to like it very much. At first, I felt like a stranger and then as I began to talk to people, we increasingly became good friends. A way to meet people is to join clubs. I’m now part of the PPH Auxiliary. I love helping with their flea markets because you never know what you can find. Recently, I’ve joined an evening quilting class. I love that I can continue to enjoy my life outside of PPH while experiencing the offers here.…especially the pool! Everything is just so convenient.

– Lucille Hite, Independent Living resident

What Families Say

"My mom is sooo happy at PPH, I can’t even describe it in strong enough words. She’s met so many new friends and these ladies do EVERYTHING together! She sees Dad every day in Pathways, but can have her life too. She’s gone to so many activities and I think I’ve already been to Scoops with her at least 15 times. She loves the dining room and Bistro too. My sister, Ilene, and I are so delighted that Mom is happy.......Wow, it feels like Mom’s been there about 2 years—but it’s only 2 months!! That’s how comfortable and natural it feels for her – and for all of us.

– Rhonda Frenkel, daughter of resident Bernice Segal

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