PSA: Watch out for the “common cold” this season

CDC: Cold-virus variant has killed 10

  • CDC: A cold virus mutation has caused 10 deaths in the last 18 months
  • Adenoviruses usually cause respiratory infections that aren’t considered lethal.
  • Variant has caused at least 140 illnesses in New York, Oregon, Washington, Texas

[…] CDC officials don’t consider the mutation to be a cause for alarm for most people, and they’re not recommending any new precautions for the general public.

“It’s an uncommon infection,” said Dr. Larry Anderson, a CDC epidemiologist.

The illness made headlines in Texas earlier this year, when a so-called boot camp flu sickened hundreds at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. The most serious cases were attributed to the emerging virus; one 19-year-old trainee died.

“What really got people’s attention is these are healthy young adults landing in the hospital and, in some cases, the ICU,” said Dr. John Su, an infectious diseases investigator with the CDC. […]

As brigidsblest noted (sardonically?), “Captain Trips is here”. Instead of the 100% mortality rate (with 99.4% susceptibility) of The Stand, this one seems to be exhibiting a rate of ~7.1% mortality, with an unknown, but apparently high susceptibility. For what is essentially a variant of the common cold, that’s an extremely high rate of mortality, and definitely worth being aware of. More interesting, as mentioned by sunfell, is that it’s not just the immune-compromised who are succumbing to this one. Healthy young adults are dying too.


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