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When does the flu stop being contagious?

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When does a person sick with the flu stop being contagious? My husband's been sick for a week, but he's started taking Tamiflu 36 hours ago. Is it OK to have physical contact with him?


Welcome to justanswer and thank you for your question. Well, flu is contagious for 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. It is transmitted through cough, sneeze or talk. As he has already been taking Tamiflu, so it will prevent the virus from reproducing within the host. It helps to rapidly slow down the rate of infection within a person. I suggest that you can wait for the next 2 days, and then safely have physical contact with him.

Good luck and take care. If you have any other questions, please ask them.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thank you, doctor - do I still need to worry about sanitizing surfaces?

Am I able to share food with him? (He's been sick since last Thursday.)

Well, you are rightly sanitizing surfaces and continue it for next 2 days.

Please wait for 2 more days, and then you can share food with him.

Good luck and take care. If you have any other questions, please ask them.

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