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Everything You Need to Know About an Adenovirus


2. How Does it Spread?

Adenoviruses are extremely contagious and often found in areas with a large group of children like day care, school, or summer camp. The viruses are most common spread through coughing or sneezing which sends droplets containing the virus into the air where it then lands on another surface where it’s often picked up by someone else. Adenoviruses are more common in children and are often transferred when one person touches another or they pick up an object that has been infected like a toy and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth. This form of transmission is through a respiratory tract infection.” The secretions from the respiratory tract may contain the virus. The virus can also survive for many hours on inanimate objects, such as doorknobs, hard surfaces, and toys,” writes the Stanford Children’s Health.

There is another way it can be transferred and that’s through intestinal tract infections. These are a digestive strain of the virus which are transmitted by “fecal-oral contact. Usually this occurs from poor hand washing or from ingestion of contaminated food or water.” It can also occur from changing a diaper, not washing hands after using the bathroom, or even through water like in small lakes or poorly maintained swimming pools, but that is extremely rare.

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