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How common is viral lung infection?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Viral lung infections are very common. In fact, viral lung infections often begin with an infection of the upper respiratory track - otherwise known as the common cold. The disease is so common because it can be passed from person to person. Also, because it is not considered serious, people with a cold or viral lung infection may continue to go to work or school, putting others at risk.

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