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Old 01-26-2008, 02:18 PM   #1
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how long is a cold contagious?

 
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Common Cold Contagious Period

A person infected with a cold virus may be contagious for two to three days before any symptoms appear and remain so until he or she doesn't show any symptoms. This is a period of up to two weeks or so. The height of the "common cold contagious period" is when symptoms are at their worst -- usually around day 2 to day 4 of the cold.

Keep in mind that while it is possible to transmit the common cold or "catch a cold," a cold virus is not as contagious as other viruses such as the flu virus or RSV. If you have a cold, there are some things you can do to decrease the chances of spreading it (wash hands frequently, use a tissue when you sneeze etc). If you are trying to avoid the common cold, there are also some prevention tips you can try like using vitamin C and black elderberry supplements.

 
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