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Is pneumonia typically contageous?
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree
In brief: Sometimes not mostly
In adults most bacterial pneumonia is caused by aspiration of small amounts of bacteria that have colonized ( live in) the mouth.
If one is succeptible you get pneumonia, direct people to people spread from coughing etc is not typical. There are pneumonias caused by germs that are more directly spread, for example pneumonia related to viruses like the influenza or some bacteria like tuberculosis.

In brief: Sometimes not mostly
In adults most bacterial pneumonia is caused by aspiration of small amounts of bacteria that have colonized ( live in) the mouth.
If one is succeptible you get pneumonia, direct people to people spread from coughing etc is not typical. There are pneumonias caused by germs that are more directly spread, for example pneumonia related to viruses like the influenza or some bacteria like tuberculosis.
Dr. Michael DePietro
Dr. Michael DePietro
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Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Pneumonia is generally considered contagious until the person is afebrile or has been receiving appropriate antibiotic therapy for 24 hours.
Viral pneumonias are typically more contagious than bacterial pneumonias. Good hand washing is the most important step to decrease the risk of spreading or catching pneumonia.

In brief: Yes
Pneumonia is generally considered contagious until the person is afebrile or has been receiving appropriate antibiotic therapy for 24 hours.
Viral pneumonias are typically more contagious than bacterial pneumonias. Good hand washing is the most important step to decrease the risk of spreading or catching pneumonia.
Dr. Robert Fink
Dr. Robert Fink
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