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Is it true that rhinovirus is a retrovirus

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
No: It is a picornavirus. There are some similarities (it's genome is made of rna) but it is not a retrovirus (like hiv). It is a cause of the common c... Read More

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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Droplets or contact: It can spread through direct contact, or droplets spread via cough/sneezing etc. Cover your cough/sneeze and use hand sanitizer to reduce transmissi... Read More
Dr. Scott Trimas
Facial Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Hand or mouth: The virus typically spread by oral or hand contamination making hand washing and covering one's nose or mouth a priority.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pratip Nag
Pediatrics 18 years experience
They bind receptors: On cells that line the nose, mouth and then invade the cells, replicate in them and them burst them to release more viruses. These new viruses repeat ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sunil Ummat
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 35 years experience
Boost immunity: Although you cannot take anything to prevent rhinovirus, you can boost your immunity through good sleep, regular exercise and a healthy diet as well a... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
That is: an impossible question to answer because there is no way to quantify the minimum viral particles necessary for infection. In any case, since host fac... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Common cold: Rhinovirus attacks the cells in the upper respiratory system and causes the common cold. It is typically not severe or life threatening.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bowers
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Good question: The virus attaches to receptors on the walls of cells in the lining of our airways. It is taken into the cell and causes the cell to release a variet... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
No: No, there isn't. Even if there were, it wouldn't be of much use. It would tell you what you already know: that you have a cold. And since rhinoviru... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
If immunosupressed: Rhinovirus ("rhino-" = nose) strains are the most common cause of the common cold, but in people who are severely immunocompromised (notably bone marr... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Typical cold: Rhinovirus is the virus that causes the common cold.

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