More than 80% of sore throats are caused by viruses5, 44
such as Adenovirus, Rhinovirus, Influenza and Coronavirus. Bacteria are the next most common type of germs that cause sore throats5
, which is usually called Strep throat43, 44
These viruses and bacteria can be passed on via direct contact (e.g. touch an object that has the virus on it), airborne transmission (e.g. when someone coughs) and close personal contact (e.g. kissing) 43
A sore throat can be caused by different types of germs. Therefore, it is important to use a medication that is proven across the different types and classes of germs.