Adenovirus is a virus that can cause symptoms such as flu, cough, sore throat, respiratory problems, fever, pain, headcache and diarrhea. Although the symptoms are similar, adenovirus is not an ordinary flu virus.
According to infectious disease expert Amesh A. Adalja, MD, senior scientist at the John’s Hopkins Center for Health Security, United States, reported from Prevention on Saturday (02/10/2018), an adenovirus vaccine exists, but only for military people.
However, a report published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, a journal published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shows that vaccines should be used by everyone. Especially in places that can spread to other people.
Adenovirus sendri is a flu-like virus but can cause infections in the eyes, intestines, lungs and airways. The virus is not deadly.
However, quoted from the official website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adenovirus can cause people with weak immune systems and people with respiratory and heart problems, to get infections from the virus.
It is very difficult to distinguish adenovirus from the common cold virus. A doctor is not necessarily able to distinguish it from the common cold. To find out whether you get adenovirus or not, according to Adalja, molecular testing must be done.
Adalja also recommends that people wash their hands frequently and avoid people who are coughing. “This is the same as influenza, it’s just that there is no vaccine,” Adalja said.
If an infection has occurred and you have symptoms such as a fever that is higher than usual, and cannot breathe and relax, it may be time to contact a doctor.
Antibiotics themselves will not work because this is a virus. Fortunately, these symptoms may heal within a few days.