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What's the actual difference between infectious and contagious diseases?

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They are similar: Infectious disease is caused by an organism or particle that may cause disease in a given circumstance. This may or may not be contagious (although many are). The degree of contagiousness (how easily does it spread) helps to qualify a contagious disease, like the flu.

Answered 4/11/2018

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