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A 20-year-old male asked:

If i don't have a fever with a upper resritory infection does that mean i'm not contagious?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Malina Milan
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
No: Not all respiratory infections cause a fever, you can still be contagious. Use proper hand washing or sanitizing, cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough to avoid spreading illness. Take care!
Dr. Martin Morell
Rheumatology 29 years experience
Fever develops: After virus replicates and infects you, is your body fighting against it. The virus could be spread even before the fever.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
No it does not.: Not all upper respiratory infections lead to fever.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
No: You could still be contagious with or without a fever.

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