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Summer Planning Toolkit modules

Module 5: Acute illness, including viruses

Summer respiratory viruses

Summer respiratory viruses

While colds and influenza are generally associated with cooler weather, there are many viruses that circulate widely in the summer months as well. The respiratory viruses more widely circulating in warmer and more humid months of summer are enteroviruses and parainfluenza 3 virus. Both viruses cause common cold-like symptoms such as runny nose, low energy, muscle aches, cough, headaches, and sore throat.  Parainfluenza can also cause people with low immunity to experience bronchitis and pneumonia 36.