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Old 02-14-2013, 03:40 PM   #1
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How long are you contagious with a "virus"?

I started getting sick last Saturday. Monday went to Emergency room. Strep and flu tests were negative and chest X-ray was clear. Was told it was a virus and sent home to rest. Problem is that my grandmothers funeral is tomorrow and Saturday. Everyone will want to hug and kiss but I feel as though I shouldn't. I feel better but not 100%. What do I do?

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Old 02-14-2013, 03:53 PM   #2
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GO to the funeral but just tell them that you are under the weather and dont want to get any sick
They will understand
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:55 PM   #3
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I would say that if you have a fever and are still "exuding" (sneezing, coughing, etc) that still seems more active than residual, then you are contagious.
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:59 PM   #4
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During the passing of the peace (handshaking, etc.) at church a few weeks ago, when my son extended a hand to somebody, she responded with, "I'm sniffing and sneezing, so I'm not shaking hands today!" and offered a namaste (head bow, with hands flat together) instead.

Our senior pastor has done a lot of missionary work in India, that's where he got the idea--he introduced it last winter. A nice option for a personal connection, without physical contact. (I'm not sure if namaste is the exactly correct word, that's what I remember him calling it.)
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:12 PM   #5
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I guess I'm confused with the timing here. Did all this happen in the last 6 days? Or is there a whole nother week in here? If you started feeling sick 6 days ago and 2 days later felt bad enough to go to the ER for a bunch of tests then chances are that you are still contagious. If you meant that you got sick on sat and then a whole week later went to the ER, it's possible you could be over the virus by now. Either way if you are feeling ok I would still say go the funeral but just let everyone know you are not feeling well and they should understand you avoiding the hugs etc.
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:18 PM   #6
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Sorry for the confusion I've been sick for less than a week. Normally I wouldn't have gone to Er but I spent the week before with grandma who died of pneumonia in the hospital and was afraid I might have caught something serious. Dr wrote me a note so I stayed home all week and rested but I still have a terrible sore throat and bronchial cough. Combined with emotional stress of mourning, well...

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Old 02-14-2013, 04:27 PM   #7
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This is easy. Go and wear a mask.
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:30 PM   #8
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Sorry for the confusion I've been sick for less than a week. Normally I wouldn't have gone to Er but I spent the week before with grandma who died of pneumonia in the hospital and was afraid I might have caught something serious. Dr wrote me a note so I stayed home all week and rested but I still have a terrible sore throat and bronchial cough. Combined with emotional stress of mourning, well...

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If you were that close to your grandma then you definitely need to go the funeral. Your family should understand your need to be there even if you are still sick. I am very sorry for your loss.
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:44 PM   #9
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If you were that close to your grandma then you definitely need to go the funeral. Your family should understand your need to be there even if you are still sick. I am very sorry for your loss.
Thank you. Believe me I will be there no matter what. I just don't want to share this "crud".
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:27 PM   #10
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This is easy. Go and wear a mask.
I agree with this. Wash your hands a lot, wear a mask and no huggy kissy.
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:30 PM   #11
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Sorry for your loss.

Normally I would say to stay home. If your Grandma has elderly friends who will be attending, or folks will be there who have weakened immune systems, you most definitely don't want to pass it on to them. It could be very dangerous for them.

But, since it is your Grandma and you probably need the closure then just be really really careful, as others have said. Wear a mask, don't shake any hands or kiss anyone and wash/sanitize your hands a lot. Try to not be near anyone if you are coughing a lot either. If someone goes to hug or kiss you, just hold your hands up and say, "sorry, I am not feeling well and don't want to get you sick." Most people will back off, and if you have a mask on, people probably won't get too close anyway.

Good luck, and I applaud you for caring so much about other people's well being.
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