Fast Five Quiz: Rhinovirus Facts vs Fiction

Michael Stuart Bronze, MD


December 09, 2020

Rhinoviruses (RVs) are the most common cause of the common cold. They chiefly cause upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) but may also infect the lower respiratory tract. Common colds are the biggest reason for adults missing work and children missing school. In the United States, adults average two to three colds per year, and children have even more. Because symptoms of the common cold share similarities with those of COVID-19, rhinovirus infections are of particular interest this year.

Although rarely associated with mortality, rhinoviruses are associated with significant morbidity. Potential complications of infection include otitis media, sinusitis, chronic bronchitis, and exacerbations of reactive airway disease (eg, asthma). Misperceptions about risk factors and treatment are common. Do you know key aspects as well as best practices for diagnosis and management? Separate the facts from fiction regarding the common cold with this short quiz.


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