NEW YORK (PIX11) — Respiratory illnesses among children are seeing an uptick this fall, due in part to a wave of respiratory syncytial virus hitting earlier in the year than it typically does.

Dr. Arun Chopra, of the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU-Langone, joined PIX11 Morning News on Monday to take a closer look at RSV, a common virus that afflicts the respiratory tract.

“Usually kids will be sick for just a couple of days, [and] will need extra fluids and fever control and things like that at home,” said Chopra. “Every once in a while, these kids get sicker, and this year we are seeing an increased rate of this virus and a lot of kids coming into the hospital.”

Chopra also discussed symptoms of RSV, how to prevent the spread, and common courses of treatment for confirmed cases.

Watch the full interview in the video player above.