WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRPROUD) — Senator John Kennedy has introduced a bill to study the transmission and economic impact of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).

“RSV causes tens of thousands of hospitalizations each year. When young children get sick, their parents often struggle to balance caring for their kids at home and meeting goals at work. I introduced the RSV Impact Act to give us insight into how we can better protect against this illness and help families recover from it,” said Kennedy.

Kennedy’s bill would require a study to be conducted by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on RSV transmission in schools and daycares and its impact on the domestic economy.

The CDC describes RSV as a “common respiratory virus” with mild symptoms similar to a cold and cites that the virus can be serious for infants and the elderly.