Patient :I tested positive for the flu on fridat. Dr gave me a note and the ok to retorn to my teaching job tuesday. Wont i still be contagious? Tomorrow my friend will be washing and cutting my hair and i dont want her catching it from me. Alsi, my son is home from college and he has epilepsy. I am trying my best to not let him catch it. Ive sprayed lysol everywhere. Im a wreck over this. Please help. Thank you.
Thanks for writing in to us.
I have read through your query in detail.
Please find my observations below.
1. Flu infects those around you for 5 days after you start getting symptoms.
2. People who are around you any time from a day before the start of symptoms to 5 days after the start of symptoms will have a risk of getting your flu.
3. It is better to wait 5 to 7 days from the beginning of symptoms so that those around you and at the place where you teach are safe.
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