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Cold and Flu

How long does it take to get a cold after exposure to the virus?

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  • A Stacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answered
    You will typically begin to notice symptoms, such as a runny or stuffed-up nose, coughing or a scratchy throat about two or three days after you become infected with the virus that causes the common cold. Other symptoms of the common cold can include: sneezing, a fever, headaches, watery eyes and fatigue.

  • ALawrence W. Gooss, DO, Family Medicine, answered on behalf of HCA Virginia
    How long does it take to get a cold after exposure to the virus?
    It takes about two days to get a cold after exposure to the virus. In this video, Larry Gooss, DO, a family practice doctor at Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Hospitals, explains how virus can continue to live on surfaces.
  • A Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    How Long Before I Catch That colds
    Watch this video to learn more from Dr. Mehmet Oz about catching a cold.


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