What's the Difference Between Infectious and Contagious?enteenshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/T-expertAnswers-enHD-AR1.jpgFind out what the experts have to say.infection, infections, infected, cold, colds, flu, the flu, influenza, lyme disease, mono, athlete's foot, how diseases spread, how infections spread, how colds spread, how germs spread, how people get infected, how do people catch something?, contagious, germs, bacteria, viruses, infectious, diseases, microbes, illnesses04/07/200802/27/201902/27/2019791c13a5-95e6-48cc-b05a-8b775ac3244bhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/contagious.html/<em>What's the difference between infectious and contagious?<br /> </em>&ndash; <em>Nick</em></p> <p><strong>Infectious</strong> diseases are caused by microscopic germs (such as bacteria or viruses) that get into the body and cause problems. Some &mdash; but not all &mdash; infectious diseases spread directly from one person to another. Infectious diseases that spread from person to person are said to be <strong>contagious</strong>.</p> <p>Some infections spread to people from an animal or insect, but are not contagious from another human. Lyme disease is an example: You can't catch it from someone you're hanging out with or pass in the street. It comes from the bite of an infected tick.</p> <p>Contagious diseases (such as the flu, colds, or strep throat) spread from person to person in several ways. One way is through direct physical contact, like touching or kissing a person who has the infection. Another way is when an infectious microbe travels through the air after someone nearby sneezes or coughs.</p> <p>Sometimes people get contagious diseases by touching or using something an infected person has touched or used &mdash; like sharing a straw with someone who has mono or stepping into the shower after someone who has athlete's foot. And sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are spread through all types of sex &mdash; oral, anal, or vaginal.</p> <p>You can help protect yourself against contagious diseases by washing your hands well and often, staying away from those who are sick, making sure you're up to date on all vaccinations, and always using condoms during any type of sex.</p> <p><em>*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.</em></p> ¿Cuál es la diferencia entre infeccioso y contagioso?Puedes ayudar a protegerte a tí mismo(a) contra las infecciones contagiosas lavándote bien y a menudo, las manos, manteniéndote lejos de quienes están enfermos, asegurándote de que estás al día con todas las vacunas, y usando siempre condones durante cualquier tipo de actividad sexual.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/teens/contagious-esp.html/0fe50cd6-1fcc-4b93-9c75-085542491d2b
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Flu CenterGet the basics on how flu spreads and how to protect yourself.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/center/flu-center.html/29c8c418-e1e7-4d27-80c8-a72d30f15cab
Germs: Bacteria, Viruses, Fungi, and ProtozoaGerms are tiny organisms that can cause disease - and they're so small that they can creep into your system without you noticing. Find out how to protect yourself.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/care-about-germs.html/59b8feef-766a-4272-ac83-38140b1d176a
Hand Washing: Why It's So ImportantDid you know that the most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick is to wash your hands? If you don't wash your hands frequently, you can pick up germs from other sources and then infect yourself.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/handwashing.html/83630582-a0c6-4b77-97f9-6b26970fd4af
ImmunizationsMissing out on shots puts you at more serious risk than you might think. That one little "ouch" moment protects you from some major health problems.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/immunizations.html/43c9c971-c202-4a84-af31-70a2a42c3a36
STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)You've probably heard lots of discouraging news about sexually transmitted diseases. The good news is that STDs can be prevented. Find out how to protect yourself.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/std.html/587b3e0c-bd0d-4d3c-93fa-6e8b38768ac2
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