Are viral lung infections contagious?

Viral infections are spread from person to person - they are a contagious disease. Usually, people develop a viral lung infection by first developing a cold. People can "catch" viral lung infections and the colds that cause them in two main ways. First, they might come into contact with the person's mucous. This allows the virus to enter the body, and it is the most common way of "catching" a viral infection. Second, people can catch the virus by breathing in the germs of an infected person. Either way, viral lung infections are spread by people catching other people's illness.

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Viral Lung Infections

Viral Lung Infections

Viral lung infections include acute bronchitis, viral pneumonia, bronchiolitis, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). These viral lung infections usually begin as a respiratory virus that spreads to the lungs. Chest pain, chronic ...

coughing, fever and fatigue are common with bronchitis. This infection cannot be treated with antibiotics. Viral pneumonia presents with a host of symptoms including coughing, fatigue, fever, aches and pains, and GI symptoms. While antibiotics are not indicated for pneumonia, some antiviral medications can help. Infants can develop both bronchiolitis and RSV at a young age, causing coughing and wheezing.
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