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Attack Of The Killer Cold Virus

I couldn't resist that title

Though it is anything but funny - it is real and it is happening! The UK has had a wave of hacking coughs this winter, including Her Majesty The Queen, who was very ill over Christmas and couldn't get away for her usual break. My own family have nearly all had the cough, some of us worse than others and I have had it for several weeks, just can't shake it.

Taken Into Hospital

When the other grandmother of one of my grandchildren was taken into hospital unable to breathe, I thought I would look up whether many people had had it and found that the current wave of coughs and colds in the UK was being caused by an Adenovirus and this particular one, named Adenovirus 14, was also called "The Killer Cold Virus". As a sci fi fan, that title screamed science fiction to me but it's deadly serious - literally. Most people get over it at home but some people need hospital treatment and some of those get very serious complications and some die. My granddaughter's other granny is in intensive care, fighting for her life! From what I understand, and this is not from the official source, she has a deep bacterial infection (which probably used her weakened state from the Adenovirus to take hold) giving her bacterial pneumonia. Her husband also had to go into hospital with the same infection but is thankfully back out and presumably on heavy doses of antibiotics.

Viruses Are Not Affected By Antibiotics

While Adenovirus cannot be treated by antibiotics, any bacterial infection that takes hold CAN be treated and she is getting antibiotics by drip.

When To Call The Doctor

If anyone with a cold has persistent fever and increasing temperature and difficulty breathing - get medical help straight away.

Image Credit » via Wikimedia Commons Note I have added color to this. The original was black and white

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melody23 wrote on February 17, 2017, 10:05 AM

There is a lot of it going about this year for sure. Our GP was worried about the other half last week, he had what I suspected to be a chest infection but since he has asthma the technical term would be 'infective exacerbation of asthma' rather than a standard chest infection which makes it a bit more risky. I wasn't worried and sent him to the GP to get some antibiotics - I was quite surprised when he came home telling me he was to go for a chest x-ray which I thought was overkill given his relatively mild symptoms at the time. He then told me that the GP said there are a few people from our practice in the hospital right now with similar symptoms but it is in fact a bacterial pneumonia type infection that appears to be doing the rounds. Thankfully his antibiotics seem to have cleared it up but he has to go straight back if he gets so much as a cold to rule out this serious infection that is doing the rounds given that he is at increased risk with his asthma.

MegL wrote on February 17, 2017, 5:38 PM

Yes, it's bacterial pneumonia that the other grandmother has and she is in intensive care!

lookatdesktop wrote on February 26, 2017, 6:59 PM

Sorry to hear about this. I know many people complaining of allergies but the warmer than normal months of winter here in Texas seem to be making people suffer a lot more than is typical. We got our flu shots and my wife got her pneumonia shot back in late September.

lookatdesktop wrote on February 26, 2017, 7:03 PM

Both my wife and myself had fever and chills last month but we both had our shots. So far we have been lucky to get over it in a few days without a lot of complications but she does still have a cough and I think it's due to the pollen as she and I both have allergies.

Angeles wrote on March 21, 2017, 4:21 PM

I didn't know about this virus in UK! Hope everything's getting better. Here in Spain, we're also having some kind of cold, I don't know if related to the one you explained above, but really harmful too.

MegL wrote on March 21, 2017, 7:44 PM

This particular adenovirus seems to be causing havoc everywhere!