How long is a cold contagious?

Viral Illnesses. There may be a variety of answers to this question, but early is always thought to be the time one is most contagious. So, two days before you are at the peak of your illness to two days after the peak of your illness is when it is most likely to be the most contagious to others.

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For how long is a Cold contagious? Some say as long as you have Cold symptoms others claim it's only contagious for max. 7 days. What is true?

Irrelevant. There is no crisp answer to such a question because the length of contagion varies from virus to virus and person to person. RELAX. We are exposed to many viruses as a part of normal activity. We all get a few every year. It is not the same as contagion from tuberculosis or hepatitis or syphilis. Read more...

How long is a common cold contagious for? And are we contagious even before symptoms appear?

Up to 10 days. Peak viral shedding is on days 2-5. Once symptoms have resolved, patients are no longer infectious. Incubation period is typically 24-48 hours, but may be as short as 12 hours. Virus isn't usually shed until symptoms appear. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! Read more...
Common cold. This condition can be caused by a large variety of viruses, the most common is rhinovirus. People are most contagious for the first 2 to 3 days of a cold. A cold is usually not contagious after the first week. Cold symptoms usually start about 2 or 3 days after you came in contact with the virus, although it could take up to a week. Symptoms mostly affect the nose. Read more...

Was just wondering how long colds are contagious for? No one wants to c me in fear of getting sick. Thanks

Wrong Season. It is summer in Canada. Colds are a viral illness seen in the winter. If you are ill you are not likely to have a viral infection and are more likely to have something like bronchitis. IN the summer we always recommend getting medical attention earlier then we would in the winter. Read more...