Adenovirus looks like conjunctivitis, feels like the flu

LAFAYETTE, La. (KPEL News) – While COVID-19, the flu and even RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) are getting a lot of attention this time of year, there is one annoying and painful infection that is causing problems for children and adults and could continue to do so for months to come do: the adenovirus.

Adenovirus entered my family during the Thanksgiving holiday when my 2 year old daughter and then my wife got it. Almost two months later, my mother-in-law caught on and it’s quite painful.

To those affected, adenovirus looks like conjunctivitis but feels like the flu. Some people think it’s just pink eye, then realize they’re in for something more bothersome when other symptoms appear, including:

  • sore throat
  • Sneeze
  • runny nose
  • to cough
  • headache
  • chills
  • Symptoms of croup or bronchitis.

Like the other diseases I mentioned above, adenovirus spreads very easily and in this way according to CDC:

  • close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • the air by coughing and sneezing
  • Touching an object or surface with adenovirus on it and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands
  • Contact with stool, for example when changing diapers Adenoviruses are often resistant to common disinfectants and can remain infectious on surfaces and objects for a long time.

Adenovirus can affect people at any time of the year. And it can take a while to get out of your system, from a few days to a few weeks.

One interesting thing about adenovirus is that scientists have used this family of viruses for several COVID-19 vaccines, including Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca. according to the adenovirus vaccine itself is only used in the military as it is not legal for the general public at this time.

So if someone close to you has conjunctivitis and is also complaining of pain in their body, make sure you wash your hands and do whatever you can to not spread it yourself.

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