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can viruses cause lower respiratory tract infections?

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Dr. Henry Bloom
47 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: All the same viruses that can cause the common cold, as well as others, (influenza virus, measles, etc.) can cause lowere respiratory infection (bronchitis and pneumonia).
Answered on Jul 23, 2013
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Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: Certain viruses are the common causes of lower respiratory tract infection: respiratory syncytial virus, influenza, parainfluenza, adenovirus, and human metapneumovirus, also with some attention to rhinoviruses and some new viruses (human coronaviruses and bocavirus).
Answered on Mar 22, 2020

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