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How can I reduce the chances of infecting others when suffering from flu?

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If i have flu or cold, am i contagious and for how many days? How can i refuce risk of infecting others?
Posted Thu, 6 Feb 2014 in Infections
 
 
Answered by Dr. Shanthi.E 2 hours later
Brief Answer: yes, you are contagious Detailed Answer: Hello, Flu is usually a viral infection. It is contagious and spreads to others in the vicinity. You would remain contagious as long as the virus is replicating. It can range from 3 to 10 days. Sometimes, 14 days too. You can reduce the chances of infecting others by isolating yourself in a separate room, using kerchief while sneezing, preventing direct contact with others like hugging, kissing. Hope this answers your query. Regards,
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Follow-up: How can I reduce the chances of infecting others when suffering from flu? 18 minutes later
If person have not got infected after first 7 days of illness , can he get infected after that time? And after infecton on which day do symptoms start to show?
 
 
Answered by Dr. Shanthi.E 15 minutes later
Brief Answer: yes, it is possible Detailed Answer: Hello, Yes, a person can get infected even after first 7 days of illness provided that you are still infective or carrying the actively multiplying viruses. Depending on the viral load, the symptoms can start immediately or within 7 days of exposure. Hope this clarifies.
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Follow-up: How can I reduce the chances of infecting others when suffering from flu? 1 minute later
Can you advice,which are the activities that multiply viruses and how to determine if i am still infective, are there ane symptoms?
 
 
Answered by Dr. Shanthi.E 16 hours later
Brief Answer: viruses multiply in low immune states Detailed Answer: Hello, Viruses multiply in low immune states. You would be infective in the prodromal stage i.e. in the initial stages when you have fever, nasal discharge, and headaches. This would last for a week. Once your symptoms subside, you would stop being infective as well. hope this helps. Regards,
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