During the fall, thousands of Americans come down with the flu. During the winter, thousands more get colds of different varieties. During the spring, even more people suffer from respiratory allergies. It seems like there is never a time of year where people aren’t sick and at risk of spreading their germs everywhere.
If you are concerned that you are coming down with something and you don’t want to spread your germs to other people, here is how to tell if you are contagious or not.
The flu is at its most contagious the day before to a week after its onset. Symptoms include aches, a fever, and probably a very sore throat.
The common cold
Cold viruses are one of the most common illnesses people can get. Symptoms of the common cold include runny noses, coughing, a sore throat, and sometimes watery eyes. You are most contagious about a week before you actually come down with a cold and you aren’t out of the woods until all of your symptoms have cleared up.
If you have allergies, you’re in luck — you aren’t contagious at all! But that doesn’t mean you won’t suffer cold and flu-like symptoms. Constant sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, and having a hard time breathing are all signs of allergies.
If you still aren’t sure about your symptoms and if you are contagious, this flowchart should help.
(via Health Line)
Now that we’ve got that cleared up, you’ll know when you are contagious and when you should stay home from work. You don’t want to be infecting other people at work or school, so it’s best to just stay home if you’re feeling under the weather.
…Unless it’s just allergies. Then you need to suck it up, because they aren’t contagious at all.
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