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Managing and Preventing Human Metapneumovirus (hMPV)

Because this infection usually goes away on its own, living with symptoms for a prolonged period of time is unlikely.

What to Expect

Infection with hMPV usually causes symptoms of the common cold that last roughly 2-5 days. By day 2 of disease, most of patients will notice improvement and many will feel completely fine by day 5. In people with underlying asthma or other lung disease, symptoms may last a few days longer but rarely more than 10 days. Any symptoms of a "cold" or upper respiratory tract infection lasting more than 14 days require further evaluation from your doctor.

Managing the Disease

As hMPV is short-lived, management is limited to treating fever and pain with over the counter medication in addition to decongestants.

Preventing hMPV

People with chronic lung diseases such as COPD, asthma, and pulmonary fibrosis should always take precautions to protect from infection such as hMPV, influenza, and other contagious diseases.

Additionally, you should make sure you are up-to-date on vaccinations and primary heathcare treatment, such as yearly physical examinations.

Finding Support

The Lung Association recommends patients and caregivers join our Living with Lung Disease Support Community to connect with others facing this disease. You can also call the Lung Association's Lung Helpline at 1-800-LUNGUSA to talk to a trained respiratory professional who can help answer your questions and connect you with additional support.

    This content was developed in partnership with the CHEST Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians.

    Page Last Updated: March 13, 2018

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