Rhinovirus Type 39

Rhinovirus Type 39

Rhinovirus Type 39 is a type of common cold virus. There are currently around 160 recognized types of human rhinoviruses that differ according to their surface proteins. While not generally dangerous, the virus infects millions of people each year throughout the autumn and winter months, when it thrives.


The two most common modes of transmission are via aerosols of respiratory droplets and from contact with contaminated surfaces, including direct person-to-person contact.  The primary route of entry for human rhinoviruses is the upper respiratory tract, such as through the mouth or the nose. While older adults and young children are the most vulnerable, all adults are at risk, particularly throughout the autumn and winter months when the virus proliferates.


Symptoms usually resolve between 7 and 10 days. Those with weakened immune systems can develop more serious conditions such as pneumonia, but most cases are generally considered to be mild. Symptoms usually include:

  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Headaches
  • Body aches

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