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.
- Q How does the human body fight against a virus?
- Q What is antigenic shift?
- Q How long does a virus stay active in the blood?
- Q Can a blood test assess my progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy risk?
- Q How do I manage my yellow fever on a daily basis?
- Q How do other illnesses affect viral infections?