The virus season started and many doctors’ offices are filling up with coughing patients. They have been sick for weeks or more.
Chief of infectious diseases at Holy Redeemer Hospital, Dr. Richard Tepper said to CBS News, that “there are two viruses going around: one’s the common cold, the other is the one that seems to last a lifetime”.
“It affects the lining of the lung and, even if the virus dies, it takes time for your body to heal and cough can persist and it’s not uncommon for this in younger children to cause wheezing,” Tepper explained.
If it’s a virus, antibiotics don’t help, but over-the-counter medicines can ease the symptoms, doctor said.
“It causes bronchitis, bronchiolitis, general lower respiratory tract infection. It can cause pneumonia, it can lag on and be severe and you can get it again,” he added.
There is just one way, that coul help to prevent the infarction – to cover your mouth when coughing and wash your hands a lot.