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Hacked off by the adenovirus

Every year, thousands of people in the UK get a bout of cold, (which is not the same as influenza), but can still leave you feeling unwell for 7-10 days... In fact, I have only just recovered from the virus myself after three weeks feeling dreadful.

One of the key characteristics of the infection is that it appears to cause a hacking cough. Although it is too early to say for sure, I suspect that the bug that’s causing the problems is an adenovirus – not the more common rhinovirus which usually causes colds. (There are over 200 strains of the cold but the rhinovirus causes around 35 per cent of cases.)

If there was a Richter scale for common cold viruses, adenovirus would…

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