What Are Respiratory Viral Infections?

What Are Respiratory Viral Infections?


This podcast episode is for anyone who's interested in learning more about respiratory viral infections. The goal of this episode is to help you talk to and work with your doctor and healthcare team about these infections.

You will learn about:

  • What a virus is

  • What respiratory viral infections are and who can get them

  • Symptoms of the respiratory viral infections COVID-19, influenza ("the flu"), and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)

  • Talking to your doctor and healthcare team about respiratory viral infections

Certain medicines listed in this activity may have either a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval or have been given an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA to treat or prevent COVID-19. The information on COVID-19 is continually changing. The content in this activity is accurate based on the information that was available at the time of its publication. This resource is provided for educational and informational purposes only. We do not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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Drs Greg Poland and Angela Branche discuss the basics of respiratory viral infections and talking to your doctor if you're sick or think you've been exposed.

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Authors and Disclosures


Gregory A. Poland, MD, FIDSA, MACP, FRCP(London)

Professor of Medicine and Infectious DiseasesMayo Clinic College of MedicineDirector of the Vaccine Research GroupMayo ClinicRochester, Minnesota Gregory A. Poland, MD, FIDSA, MACP, FRCP(London), has the following relevant financial relationships:Consultant or advisor for: AiZtech; AstraZeneca UK Limited; 3D Communications; Eli Lilly and Company; Emergent Biosolutions; Exelixis, Inc.; Genevant Sciences, Inc.; GlaxoSmithKline; Janssen Global Services, LLC; Medicago USA; Merck & Co. Inc.; Moderna; Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Syneos Health; Valneva; Vyria.Royalties from: ICW Inc.Patent beneficiary of: ICW Inc.

Angela R. Branche, MD

Associate Professor of MedicineUniversity of Rochester School of MedicineRochester, New York Angela R. Branche, MD, has the following relevant financial relationships:Consultant or advisor for: GlaxoSmithKline; JanssenResearch funding from: Cyanvac; Janssen; Merck; Pfizer.


Anita A. Galdieri, PharmD, RPh

Associate Director, Content Development. Medscape, LLC. Anita A. Galdieri, PharmD, RPh, has no relevant financial relationships.


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