Hong Kong junior Primary schools will close for two weeks because of a URTI outbreak. What is a URTI?
Literally, it’s an Upper Respiratory Tract Infection, i.e. a common cold
Your upper respiratory tract is your nose, throat, and sinuses.
URTI is a catchall term used by doctors to describe infections caused by a group of viruses, most often the rhinovirus. Sometimes they can be caused by a coronavirus, the same family as Covid-19.
You could have URTI if your nose is blocked, you sneeze a lot, your throat hurts, your nose has drippy, runny goo coming out of it, you feel tired or your head hurts.
This sickness is spread just like Covid-19 is, by close contact with someone who is infected, or by not washing your hands.
Younger children are more likely to get a URTI because their immune systems are not strong.