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« Respiratory irritation causes expulsion of pathogen into surrounding area »
— Description of the Symptom in Plague Inc.: The Board Game

Coughing is a symptom available in standard plagues and some scenarios such as Mad Cow Disease. It makes people release the pathogen into their surroundings, increasing disease infectivity. Coughing makes a plague more effective in urban areas (+0.05).

Symptoms Combos


  • This is the most expensive tier 1 symptom for standard plagues.
  • In the original Plague Inc. trailer, coughing is the one symptom that is specifically stated, until it mutated to become deadly.
  • In Cure Mode, both Bacteria and Virus have this symptom.


CoughingCard.png Coughing Symptom Card from Plague Inc.: The Board Game