How Are Viral Diseases Spread?

Are viral diseases contagious?

Not all viral diseases are contagious. This means they aren’t always spread from person to person. Common examples of contagious viral diseases include the flu, the common cold, HIV, and herpes. Other types of viral diseases spread through other means, such as the bite of an infected insect.

How are viruses contracted?

Viruses are spread from one person to another by:Sneezes. Vomits. Bites from infected animals or insects. Exposure to infected bodily fluids through activities such as sexual intercourse or sharing hypodermic needles.

What is a viral disease?

A viral disease (or viral infection, or infectious disease) occurs when an organism’s body is invaded by pathogenic viruses, and infectious virus particles (virions) attach to and enter susceptible cells.

How do you get rid of a viral infection?

For most viral infections, treatments can only help with symptoms while you wait for your immune system to fight off the virus. Antibiotics do not work for viral infections. There are antiviral medicines to treat some viral infections. Vaccines can help prevent you from getting many viral diseases.

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