The sound of cough is alarming regardless of age and gender. We treat it as we deem fit and we try our best to avoid it. Although, there are different reasons a person coughs, it may be because they are sick or maybe it is the body’s reflexive action to keep respiratory passages free of irritating substances. Either way, coughing is your body’s protective mechanism. Coughing has many types, which includes the dry cough, wet cough, barking cough, whooping cough, stress cough, acute cough and chronic cough, all of which has their corresponding definition, but the question is how will you know if your cough is contagious? Read further below to find out.
A cough can be contagious when airborne droplets transmit the viral or bacterial infectious disease.
Not all types of coughs are contagious. Some coughs are just a sign of something blocking your airways or is caused by allergies or asthma. A cough can be contagious when airborne droplets transmit the viral or bacterial infectious disease. People mistakenly believe that the coughing itself is contagious but the truth is the infecting pathogen is the one that is contagious and not the cough. The said agent may also produce the same symptoms, which includes coughing in another individual.
To have a more broaden view of whether your cough is just a normal bodily reaction or something infectious and is in need of medical attention, you should be aware of the symptoms such as, prolonged coughing (more than a few weeks), shortness of breath or wheezing, fevers, chills, unexplained sweating, chest pain, painful cough, phlegm that is green, yellow, with blood or has a foul smell.
What to do to avoid contaminating another person if your cough is contagious?
Below are some tips you should keep in mind so that you won’t unconsciously spread the virus to others:
1. Always cover your mouth and nose when you cough most especially if you are in a public place.
You may use a face mask or always have a towel, handkerchief or tissue with you. If you do not have anything to cover your mouth and nose with, use the elbow of your sleeve. Whenever you cough the spray of saliva or mucus will increase the risk of spreading the disease.
2. Use a piece of clean tissue when sneezing or coughing.
In line with the first statement, if you will be using a piece of tissue make sure to throw it away immediately after use. Using a new piece of tissue decreases your contact with the virus and keeps the hand clean.
3. Always wash your hands.
Whatever you do, wash your hands as soon as possible most especially if you had just came into contact with bodily fluids. If possible, people with the virus should limit or avoid direct contact to others and to public items such as telephones and handles.
The 3 tips above are just some simple measures you could take to keep the virus from contamination another person. The best thing to do and if possible, stay inside your home, not only will you get the much needed rest you need to recover, you will prevent the spread of the virus. So make a choice, be responsible to yourself and to others. Be careful and be cautious.