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Is bronchiolitis contagious to both children and adults?

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Dr. Marina Armendariz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Yes: It is likely a viral infection and it is transmitted by respiratory droplets. Bronchiolitis is a disease of early childhood. But the same virus can cause a bad cold in an adult or older child.
Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
Pediatric Pulmonology 22 years experience
Yes: Children may exhibit more severe symptoms, though.
Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 45 years experience
Bronchiolitis: Bronchiolitis is usually a disease of children less than 18 months. If adults get the bronchiolitis virus it is often a simple cold. If there is wheezing on older children and adults, particularly if reoccurring it is likely asthma.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
YES IT IS: Bronchiolitis is contagious more so to children and babies In children and babies it is caused by RSV Virus and in adults it may be caused by other viruses

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