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How long am i infectious/contagious to others with a cold/ viral infection ??

I had a dry throat to start with and then the next day it turned into a sore throat a day and a half later the sore throat has gone but im left congested and with a cough , It is now 7 days sence the dry throat and cold symptoms started and i am still left with a cough and a little bit congested but not much , Is my cough contagious to others still?? when is it safe to be around others again ??

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replied May 22nd, 2010
Cold, Flu and Viral Infections Answer A12344
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Scientists are yet to find the exact time common cold is contagious,they believe a person is infectious 3 days before contracting the illness to 2 weeks after it when the symptoms disappear completely..The days worst affected are day 2 to day 4 of the illness,as time passes you become less contagious..Thats how the virus never dies off...

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