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The ability of a disease to be transmitted from one host to another.
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Q. Is psoriasis infectious? Last week I and my friends from high-school went to the pool. One of my friend has psoriasis on his back, and when the lifeguard noticed it he asked him to leave the pool because he has skin disease that may spread to the other people swimming in the pool. We told him it is psoriasis and not some fungus, but he told us that psoriasis is also infectious. Is that true? Can psoriasis infect people who come in touch with people with psoriasis? Can I go swimming with him or should be more cautious?

A. It is right that psoriasis is not a contagious skin condition. But your friend should take care. However keeping skin humid is better for Psoriasis patients as I recently read these tips at

Q. Is leukemia contagious? A friend of mine got leukemia (blood cancer), can I get it from him if he bleeds and I touch the blood? Like HIV I mean.

A. No, you don't have to be afraid, no chance of that. Your friend will need you to pass this terrible illness. So I recommend learning a bit about leukemia so you understand it better and won't avoid your friend.
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Q. Is psoriasis contagious? My wife got psoriasis and I don’t want to get infected…

A. Psoriasis itself, as was written above, isn't contagious, i.e. if someone has psoriasis he or she can't transmit it to you. However, there is a form of psoriasis called psoriasis guttate that is associated with infection of the throat by a bacterium called streptococcus (which is contagious), so in some way it is contagious.

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Tracking technologies were characterized by earlier coverage, more high policy/legal uncertainty, more positive communicability, and less low complexity (explaining 18% of the variance in absence or presence of coverage).
The connection between the concept of Stimmung and that of communication had already been central in Kant: after all, the communicability of pleasure, which is the foundation of the judgment of beauty, is guaranteed by nothing other than the agreement [Stimmung] of the faculties.
He avers that, for Kant, "the existence of beautiful objects is a function of our underlying interest in universal communicability, which, in turn, is derived from our propensity to society or sociability" (Allison 2001, p.224).
BENZI, Updating and downdating techniques for optimizing network communicability, SIAM J.
At the lowest level of communicability is the regime of familiarity.
Under the rubric of fields of communicability, Charles Briggs sheds light on two aspects of contemporary fast circulation of signs, texts and ideologies.
It was evident that literates were significantly more aware than illiterates regarding communicability, cause, mode of transmission, symptoms, curability of TB, and place of treatment.
Knowledge of False belief of communicability was improved maximally as a result of intervention.
The man returned to Lane County "on the tail end of his communicability ...
Early on, revision is clearly defined, eschewing figurative connotations for plainer and more practical terms: "a study of laborious, belated, even otiose changes, made without reference to the linguistic 'felicity' or basic communicability of the original version" (15).
Different from Lawrence, James Joyce seems to disbelieve in the communicability of characters, for the few interconnections among viewpoints in his novels are either insignificant or appear at profane moments, which problematizes human relatedness rather than instantiates it.
What hinders communication, therefore, is communicability itself: human beings are being separated by what unites them."

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