What time of year do most viral infections occur?

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Viral infections can occur all year round, but respiratory-based infections such as Enterovirus D68 tend to be more common in the fall and winter. Watch me share this important information.

Viral infections can happen at anytime, however, certain viruses are more likely to flourish at particular times of the year. For instance, the common cold, or rhinovirus, affects more people in the spring and fall months. Whereas, summer and fall are the most popular times for the non-polio enteroviruses. Both display upper respiratory symptoms and appear as a "cold" or "flu." Influenza usually affects people in the fall and winter months.

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.
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