Study author Williams agreed and said that by age 5, almost everyone has already had this disease. Each year, its peak activity tends to be from February through April, he said. And, the symptoms are like those of the common cold: runny nose, cough and fever. He said without testing, it's difficult to know what virus someone has, but there isn't a rapid test available for HPMV.
There's also no specific treatment for HPMV. The medications that can help ease symptoms of flu don't help with HPMV.
Learn more about human metapneumovirus from the American Lung Association.
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