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A 58-year-old female asked:

Is viral pneumonia contagious? a child where i work was diagnoised with viral pneumonia. is it contagiious?

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Dr. Alan Ertle
Internal Medicine 47 years experience
A : A variety of viruses can cause pneumonia. Like most respiratory viruses, they are contagious, usually through droplets in the air cause by coughing or sneezing. Sometimes contaminated surfaces can lead to spread. Good hand washing and good respiratory hygiene (covering your cough, etc.) are important.
Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 36 years experience
Maybe: Viruses can be transmitted person to person, however a virus that causes pneumonia in one person may not necessarily cause pneumonia in another person who is infected with it. For example the flu can can cause a fever, muscle aches and few lung symptoms in one person but a severe pneumonia in another.

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