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Is bronchitis contagious between children?

My 10 year old has bronchitis and I'm worried my other child with get it. Is bronchitis contagious between children?

2 Answers

Depends on the cause – some viruses can be transmitted.
Yes, bronchitis is typically caused by a respiratory viral infection. Your 10 year old would be contagious for as long as he or she has a fever, productive cough or sneezing. A general rule of thumb is to keep your children at least 6 feet apart when one is sick (if possible) and to encourage them to cover their cough and wash their hands frequently.