Transmission of viral respiratory infections in the home

Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2000 Oct;19(10 Suppl):S97-102. doi: 10.1097/00006454-200010001-00002.


Respiratory viruses in the home exploit multiple modes of transmission. RSV is transmitted primarily by contact with ill children and contaminated objects in the environment. Influenza appears to be spread mainly by airborne droplet nuclei. Despite many years of study, from the plains of Salisbury, to the hills of Virginia, to the collegiate environment of Madison, WI, the precise routes rhinovirus takes to inflict the misery of the common cold on a susceptible population remain controversial.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aerosols
  • Common Cold / prevention & control
  • Common Cold / transmission
  • Environmental Exposure
  • Housing*
  • Humans
  • Hygiene
  • Influenza, Human / prevention & control
  • Influenza, Human / transmission
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infections / prevention & control
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infections / transmission
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / prevention & control
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / transmission*
  • Rhinovirus
  • Time Factors
  • Virus Diseases / prevention & control
  • Virus Diseases / transmission*


  • Aerosols