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A 47-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 26 years experience
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.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between infectious and contagious diseases?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Diseases: Infectious diseases are caused by germs. Contagious disease can be spread from one person to another (like Covid 19)
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