Cedars-Sinai Blog

What Is Adenovirus?

Adenovirus is a group of common viruses that can cause cold-like symptoms.

We're all familiar with the saying, "If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck."

So, if it looks like a cold or the flu, it is, right? Well, maybe not—and here's why.

If adenovirus is a family of viruses, how do you describe its family members?
What's most challenging about identifying and treating adenoviruses?


How does adenovirus spread?

"Washing your hands is still the most important way to protect yourself."


What should we do to protect ourselves?

"Like colds and flus, adenovirus infections usually spread through respiratory secretions when someone coughs or sneezes."


In the event of an outbreak at your child's school or daycare, should you keep them home?
Is there a specific treatment for children versus adults?