10 doctors weighed in:
How contagious is the common cold after I start to feel better?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine
9 doctors agree
In brief: 3 days
You're most contagious 1-2 days before you start feeling symptoms [germs are sneaky that way -- it's easy to pass them around when we don't even know that we're sick!].
You're also contagious the first 3 days you have symptoms. Pass the chicken soup!

In brief: 3 days
You're most contagious 1-2 days before you start feeling symptoms [germs are sneaky that way -- it's easy to pass them around when we don't even know that we're sick!].
You're also contagious the first 3 days you have symptoms. Pass the chicken soup!
Dr. Francine Yep
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