A Common Cold Can Be Contagious for Longer Than You Think

The colder months are commonly associated with decreasing temperatures and increasing cases of the common cold. Typically, symptoms of the common cold come on gradually and may start with a sore throat or irritated sinuses.

According to Healthline, when you have a cold, you’re contagious approximately one to two days before symptoms start and can continue to be contagious for up to seven days after you’ve become sick.


Unfortunately, many people can’t stay home for that long of a time to fully recover. Consider the following suggestions to help avoid becoming ill or passing on cold to a co-worker, friend or family member:
  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap often.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
  • Sanitize commonly touched surfaces.
  • Always cough and sneeze into your elbow - not your hands - to prevent spreading germs.
For colds, most individuals become contagious about a day before cold symptoms develop and remain contagious for about five to seven days. Some children may pass the flu viruses for longer than seven days (occasionally for two weeks).

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