Respiratory Viruses

Respiratory Viruses

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Respiratory Viruses

​​​Viruses ​that cause respiratory ​diseases, like the ones that cause COVID-19, flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), usually spread in the fall and winter. Anyone can get a respiratory virus infection, but some people are at higher risk for serious illness. The Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) recommends the following actions to protect yourself and others:

  • Stay up to date with vaccines
  • Stay home, if sick
  • Wash hands often
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Consider wearing a mask if you are high-risk for serious illness

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KDPH | Respiratory Disease Season ​Recommendations

Respiratory Virus Update for Kentucky

Kentucky Respiratory Disease Data Dashboard

Weekly trends in hospitalizations and emergency department visits for COVID-19, influenza, and RSV in Kentucky

Weekly trends of influenza-like illness activity in Kentucky

​Weekly trends of positive laboratory tests for COVID-19 and influenza in Kentucky

Weekly trends of deaths associated with COVID-19 and influenza in Kentucky

CDC | COVID Data Tracker Hospitalizations​

Learn More About Each of these Viruses


General Information

RSV is a very contagious respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. RSV can be serious in some people, especially babies and older adults.


RSV vaccines are recommended for older adults and pregnant people during weeks 32 to 36 of pregnancy. A monoclonal antibody product is available to protect infants from severe RSV.

Health Care Providers

Archived Respi​ratory Viruses Data and Material

View archived COVID-19 Dashboard ​-Discontinued as of October 12, 2023

​​20​19-2022 Seasonal​​ Flu Activity​​​​​

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