Are upper respiratory infections contagious?

Upper respiratory infections are uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous conditions. When working with patients or clients that may be sick, it is essential to stay aware of the potential risks involved with their diagnosis and treatment. While not all diseases or medical conditions are contagious, those may result in contamination and stress. Unfortunately, many respiratory infections are contagious.  

What are upper respiratory infections? 

There are many different diseases that doctors categorize as upper respiratory infections (URI). URIs are any infections that relate to the upper respiratory system. This system includes the bronchi, larynx, nose, throat, and pharynx. Some of the most common upper respiratory infections include the common cold, sinus infections, laryngitis, bronchitis, and the flu.  

The virus is contagious while it is still active. It’s a wise idea to take some precautionary steps to limit the spread of any infectious disease. It’s difficult to know precisely when the “contagious period” for a virus ends, so experts advise you to stay home while you feel sick. You never know what vulnerable people may get severely ill from your minor infection.  

How are infections spread? 

Viruses spread in a variety of different ways. Many times, it involves direct contact with bodily fluid. When someone is constantly coughing or sneezing, it is straightforward to accidentally touch someone’s mucus or salivaGerms may live on the hands of infected individuals and contaminate everything they come into contact with. Some diseases are more contagious than others depending on the location of infection and the exact pathogen responsible.  

What can you do to limit the spread of infection?  

There are a few basic measures that help limit the spread of a virus. Even with proper treatment, viral infections have a contagious period. If you work in an environment with many people coming in and out, you may want to take precautions to limit the spread. Some tips to battle contagious pathogens include: 

  • Washing Hands Regularly 

Wash your hands regularly and encourage employees and clients to wash their hands regularly too. Setting up disinfection stations or hanging signs is a great way to remind others to practice good hygiene.  

  • Avoid Touching Face 

Even if you wash regularly, you’ll likely come into contact with pathogens somewhere. Do not make it easier for a virus to get into your body. Your face is a vulnerable area on the body with many openings for a pathogen to sneak into.  

  • Disinfect High-Contact Surfaces 

Disinfecting surfaces often is a great way to keep things clean. Consider disinfecting high-traffic surfaces (like doorknobs or chairs) more regularly.  

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