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Is my daughter's viral pharyngitis contagious?

 Asking this for my daughter....I don't want her to get anyone in our family sick. Especially if my daughter has to go to school, she is also in choir, should I write a note to her teacher letting her know if she has to rest her voice? Should I keep her home?

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Viral pharyngitis is just a sore throat caused by a cold (respiratory) virus. Biologically, respiratory viruses are contagious a day before you know you are sick, and then for about two days later (estimate). Exposing others would not likely cause them to have identical symptoms, but they could get a cold. Since cold viruses are everywhere, she can really go back to her usual activities (school, church, choir) when she is feeling better. Colds last about a week, but most people feel fine by day four.
Resting the voice when she has a sore throat is usually a good idea, so use your own judgment.

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