What is the duration of viral infections?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Because there are so many forms and varieties of viral infections, there is no one answer to how long the duration of the infection is. A common cold can last anywhere from four days to two weeks. The influenza virus usually lasts only a couple of days to a week. But infection with the HIV virus lasts for the rest of your life.

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