Adenoviruses are common viruses that cause a range of illness. They can cause cold-like symptoms, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea and pink eye (conjunctivitis). For most people adenoviruses are not dangerous, but for people already with weakened immune systems or existing respiratory or cardiac issues, these viruses can be very serious. 

Adenovirus is not considered a healthcare-associated infection; it is often introduced to facilities from the community. If you think you may be sick, infection prevention professionals recommend not entering facilities where people may have compromised immune systems or donning a mask and gloves. 

You can protect yourself and others from adenoviruses and other respiratory illnesses by following a few simple steps recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 

If you’re sick you can help protect others:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid sharing cups and eating utensils with others
  • Refrain from kissing others
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using the bathroom

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