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Lower respiratory tract infections affect the airways and lungs. Common infections of the lower respiratory tract include bronchitis (infection of the airways), acute exacerbation of chronic bronchitis and pneumonia (infection of the lungs).5 The main symptom of this type of infection is cough. Other possible symptoms are a tight feeling in your chest, an increased rate of breathing, breathlessness, wheezing and fever.6

Many lower respiratory tract infections are viral and contagious because of the way the visurs is transmitted (e.g. droplet from cough). Bacterial infections can also develop during the course of the viral infection.7

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