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