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Acute bronchitis is spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks and liquid droplets containing virus particles or bacteria are released into the air and onto objects. Then you may:

  • Breathe air that contains the virus particles or bacteria.
  • Touch an object that has been touched by an infected person and then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth without washing your hands.

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Bronchitis itself is not contagious.  Bronchitis is the swelling of the mucus membranes in your bronchial tubes.


However, if someone has bronchitis because of a bacterial or viral infection, you could catch that infection.  Your body may or may not react to that bacteria or virus the same way, so you won't necessarily develop bronchitis, even if you do catch their cold/flu/etc.

Bronchitis can also be caused by breathing in irritants, such as smoke or pollution.  If you are in the same environment as the person, you may also develop bronchitis, but not because it is contagious.

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