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Protect Yourself and Others

You can protect yourself and others from adenovirus infection:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water
  • cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • stay home when you are sick


Adenoviruses are common causes of respiratory illness, but most infections are not severe. They can cause cold-like symptoms, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, and pink eye (conjunctivitis). You can get an adenovirus infection at any age, but infants and people with weakened immune systems are more likely than others to develop severe illness from adenoviruses…


Common Ways to Get Adenoviruses

Adenoviruses usually spread from infected people to others through

  • close personal contact such as touching or shaking hands
  • the air by coughing and sneezing
  • touching objects or surfaces with adenoviruses on them then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes


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