Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Colds in Children Transmission

Facts about upper respiratory infections in children:

  • An upper respiratory infection is very contagious.
  • People with an upper respiratory infection release the virus into the air on droplets of mucus when they sneeze or cough.
  • The virus enters the lungs of others when they inhale the droplets.
  • The virus may also be spread through contact with saliva.
  • Touching a contaminated object then touching the mouth or eyes will spread the virus.

Last Updated: Apr 4, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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