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Should I (or anyone) eat this? (Special disease-transmission edition!)

A cake was made last Wednesday in a household where someone came down with norovirus that day. Said cake was frozen on the same day, and is set to be eaten today by various family members. I have determined that I personally will not consume any -- is this paranoia or reasonable caution? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Aug 15, 2016 - 29 answers

How to handle health questions semi-objectively

My family had unusual ideas about health, illness and contagion, and now I have confused instincts about when to go to the doctor, and when to worry about giving someone my nasty cold. Do you know some resources or rules of thumb that might help? [more inside]
posted by feets on Mar 15, 2015 - 15 answers

How can I minimize my contagiousness as I travel while sick?

I woke up with a stuffy, sneezey nose this morning. I fly across the country in four days to a conference I can't afford to miss. Is there anything I can do now to minimize the likelihood of making everyone else sick on my plane and at my conference? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Feb 22, 2013 - 23 answers

You Are Not My Epidemiologist, My Virologist, or My Yoga instructor

I think I have the flu--or to be more precise, I think I am fighting the flu. But as usually happens, rather than straightforwardly getting sick and then getting better, I seem stuck in the early stage of not having terribly severe symptoms (congestion etc) but being exhausted, achy, and running a very low-grade fever on and off. This may go on for two weeks or longer. I rarely get "sick". Given that people are most contagious in the early days of flu infection, same with colds if that what it is, does this mean that I am infectious for longer than most people? And based on your opinion on that, is it (a) a good idea for me to go to hatha yoga, (b) where there's an immuno-compromised (person who is doing or has recently completed chemo) person in my class?
posted by sarahkeebs on Jan 14, 2013 - 11 answers

Is it safe to get my freak on after they froze my MC?

Is my molluscum contagiosum still contagious after cryotherapy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2012 - 2 answers

Dating a strep carrier?

So I made out with a gentleman who in idle conversation mentioned that he deals with "chronic throat infections". Roughly 24 hours later I have started coming down with a sore throat which I suspect might be strep. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 7, 2012 - 15 answers

Did I give my boyfriend cavities?

I had untreated cavities. Now my boyfriend has cavities and his dentist blames me and says we shouldn't kiss. To what degree is this true? [more inside]
posted by elklet on Apr 30, 2012 - 22 answers

What are my baby's chances of getting chicken pox?

In 16 days my 3 month old is due to meet my sister's two daughters for the first time. One of the girls came out in chicken pox spots yesterday. The other has not yet had chicken pox and is, so far, showing no symptoms. [more inside]
posted by IanMorr on May 10, 2011 - 13 answers

Spinning a yawn.

Why aren't yawns contagious to infants? [more inside]
posted by nasayre on Feb 1, 2011 - 8 answers

Shingles with no rash?

He thought it was an ear infection. Doc says shingles. Really? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Dec 21, 2009 - 14 answers

How contagious are plantar warts?

I've had a plantar wart on the ball of my foot for years. I have not taken steps to keep from spreading it. Is this something I should do? [more inside]
posted by serathen on Dec 4, 2009 - 26 answers

One fever is more than enough fevers for us

Indian health concerns: typhoid fever and dengue fever. Yes, you are not my doc. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Nov 13, 2009 - 6 answers

I like not catching colds, but I also like kissing my wife

If your spouse catches a cold, how likely are you to catch it from them? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Nov 9, 2009 - 23 answers

Feel like a Plague Rat!

I think a guy I've been going out with is a Strep Throat carrier. Are they actually contagious? Or is it me? [more inside]
posted by The Light Fantastic on Apr 1, 2008 - 4 answers

Can I stop this type of coughing?

Can you stop being affected by the contagiousness of yawns and coughs? Especially coughs? [more inside]
posted by Many bubbles on May 19, 2007 - 3 answers

How contagious is leprosy?

How contagious is leprosy? [more inside]
posted by Kensational on Nov 11, 2006 - 10 answers

How fast can tuberculosis symptoms appear?

How fast can tuberculosis symptoms appear? [more inside]
posted by saucy on Jul 1, 2006 - 15 answers

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