Viral respiratory infection

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Viral respiratory infection is a general term for lung and airway infections. Read about different viruses that can cause viral respiratory infections and treatment options.

Key points

  • Viral respiratory infection is a name for several types of infections of the lungs and airways.
  • Viral respiratory infections are caused by many different viruses.
  • Viral respiratory infections spread through contact with mucus from the mouth or nose.
  • Viral respiratory infections can be a serious illness for infants and older adults and for anyone with chronic illnesses.
  • Good hygiene practices, including handwashing, covering the mouth and nose when coughing and masking, can help prevent the spread of viral respiratory infections.
Last updated: August 30th 2023