The adenovirus 14 is known to cause cold-like symptoms but can progress to serious respiratory ailments. Most cases of common cold are mild and only lasts for a week. Despite the discomfort caused by the symptoms, most healthy individuals can deal with the condition and continue with daily activities.
When it comes to the adenovirus 14, it has been labelled as the “killer cold”. It is considered as the most prevalent type of virus that causes the common cold.
What are the signs?
The adenovirus 14 generally triggers cold-like symptoms but there is a likelihood for progressing to serious ailments including pneumonia. The serious complications might arise if the virus rapidly and severely progresses. Essentially, the adenoviruses can trigger a variety of illnesses such as:
- Common cold
- Sore throat
If any of these ailments or symptoms are present, it does not necessarily indicate that the individual has adenovirus 14. In case the symptoms are severe or progressively become worse, a doctor must be seen.
Who are at risk?
Any individual is at risk for adenovirus 14, but those who have a weakened immune system such as young infants, elderly and those with chronic ailments face a higher risk for complications.
The condition spreads via droplet transmission such as sneezing, sharing food or utensils and coughing.
Observing good hygiene is the ideal way to avoid the adenovirus 14 and any other cold or ailment that spread in the same manner such as:
- Regular hand washing
- Using a hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available
- Always cover the mouth when sneezing or coughing
Good hygiene habit can greatly help in reducing the risk of acquiring the adenovirus 14 or other similar forms of cold.
Disclaimer / More Information
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