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You may be capable of spreading your germs for longer than you think.

By Sally Wadyka Wed 12:29 PM
This probably isn’t what parents wanting to get their kids back to school want to hear, but as long as there are still symptoms present—congestion, runny nose, sneezing, coughing—you’re still contagious.
But given that the average cold lasts one to two weeks, it’s not realistic to shut yourself (or your kids) up at home for every sniffle.
“Even when you’re starting to feel better, be sure to practice good hygiene,” says Davis Liu, MD, a board-certified family doctor and author of The Thrifty Patient - Vital Insider Tips for Saving Money and Staying Healthy. “Cover up your coughs and sneezes and wash your hands frequently to avoid sharing your germs.”
And contrary to popular belief, the color of your mucous isn’t a good indicator of whether or not you’re still capable of passing on your illness. Unless your runny nose is caused by allergies, consider yourself contagious for as long as there’s stuff leaking out of your nose.

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3 jersey721Wed 1:31 PM avatar My boss has a cold. She stayed home yesterday. Today she is coming in. Now, today is also national boss day. What do I do? Say "happy boss day . . . now get out?" 81 5Replies (3)
SICKofsuchstuffWed 2:24 PM avatar Wash your hands!!!! Cover your cough and sneeze with your arm bend around your face! Stay home with symptoms of the flu ( different from a cold). Expect a couple colds a year and deal. 37 0Replies (2) raymagnumxWed 2:55 PM avatar The average person is very ignorant...I work with people who will…...

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