How to Avoid Spreading a Cold

We're all taught as children that sharing is good, but when it comes to cold viruses, we're all better off keeping them to ourselves. Plus, preventing the spread of infections may be easier than you think.


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    Stay home if you are sick and keep sick kids home from school. Don't spread the germs around your entire office or classroom, too. You probably weren't going to get a lot done at work or school with your head stuffed up, anyway. You're better off staying home, getting plenty of rest and fluids, and going back in a day or two when the symptoms subside.
    • Don't use all your sick days for playing hooky from work. They are there in case you are sick, and you don't want to be the boy who cried wolf when credibility with your boss and co-workers is at stake.
    • If there's something that can't wait, log in from home or telephone a colleague to cover for you while you're sick.
    • Remember, you'll just slow everybody down even more if you give this cold to several colleagues or classmates.
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    Use tissues if you're sniffling, sneezing, or coughing and throw them away immediately when you are done. Even if you usually carry a handkerchief, use tissues for colds and dispose of them. Don't put them in your pocket.
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    Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. A tissue is ideal, but if none is handy, sneeze or cough into your bent elbow rather than into your hand.
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    Wash your hands often, after blowing your nose or using the restroom and before handling food or dishes. You should be doing this anyway, but take special care now. Remind others who live with you to do the same.
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    Clean surfaces that you handle often. Doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, mice, and telephones are good places to start, but watch what else you touch. This is a good job for one of those disinfecting wipes or a bit of spray cleaner on a soft cloth.
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    Wash clothes, bedding, and towels. As the symptoms start to subside, a bit of extra laundry can go a long way toward keeping the rest of the family healthy.
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    Open up. Try to get a little bit of extra ventilation into your home, even if it's winter. Use your judgment.

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Categories: Colds and Viruses | Health Hygiene