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How long is bacterial pneumonia contagious to other people?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: May not be

This will depend primarily on the causative agent of the pneumonia, the severity, how it is being treated and the proximity of contact with the patient.
As a general rule, many of the organisms causing bacterial pneumonia are already resident in the nasopharynx and for a variety of reasons the patient has become susceptible to pneumonia, and transmission to others is unlikely.

In brief: May not be

This will depend primarily on the causative agent of the pneumonia, the severity, how it is being treated and the proximity of contact with the patient.
As a general rule, many of the organisms causing bacterial pneumonia are already resident in the nasopharynx and for a variety of reasons the patient has become susceptible to pneumonia, and transmission to others is unlikely.
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