• How Long Are You Contagious with the Flu?

    Understanding the Flu and Its Contagious Period Influenza, or the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. It can cause mild to severe illness and, in some cases, can lead to complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus or ear infections. The flu virus spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets when an infected person…

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    How Contagious Are Shingles?

    Understanding Shingles and its Causes Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox. After a person has recovered from chickenpox, the virus remains dormant in the nerve cells and can reactivate years later as shingles. The rash typically appears as a band…

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