What increases my risk for viral lung infection?

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Viral lung infection is a contagious disease. This means you can get viral lung infections from others who have the disease. For this reason, your risk of getting viral lung infections is increased when you're around sick people, those who have viral lung infections and upper respiratory infections, like colds. You're even more at risk if you touch an infected person or get very close to a person with the disease. Finally, not taking care to wash your hands can put you at serious risk of getting a viral lung infection. When you wash your hands, you can get rid of germs that you may have contracted from touching someone or something infected with a viral lung infection.

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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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